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STRAIGHT TALK Our bodies are wondrous things that can sometimes leave us wondering, What’s up with that? Local MDs answer your quirky to serious concerns.

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YOUR OWN PACE FINDING THE PERFECT PAIR OF RUNNING SHOES, FINALLY by diane sembrot

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he No. 1 New Year’s resolution must be: Get in shape. Before you lace up your old running shoes, consider FLEET FEET’s new way of picking a pair. Dave and Lynn Wright recently opened the athletic shoe store in Sconset Square. It’s clean and bright with plenty of running shoes and necessary accoutrement—plus, one attention-getting shoe finder called Fit ID. What looks like a scale is actually a foot measurer gone tech. “Fit ID is not a scale,” Dave clarifies, “but a four-camera system that uses infrared technology to precisely measure every aspect of the human foot.” The equipment scans then nearly instantly creates a digital 3-D image that provides length, arch height, heel shape, foot width and other measurements that help you better target a good pair of shoes for you. The shoe outfitters, trained in using Fit ID, walk you through the details of the results

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RUN CLUB Fleet Feet Westport Running Club hosts running and walking programs for every ability. When: Saturday, 8 a.m. Where: Just show up at the store to run or walk. Fee: None Distance: 1.5, 4, 7 or 10 miles Coaches: Nope, no coaches—but you do get the support of other local runners and walkers and you can use the store to change your clothes, stow your stuff, fill up on water, and find out about runner-friendly routes in Westport.

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TRAIL Over-roaders are designed for dirt, gravel and mud, so they have sticky rubber outsoles and tough lugs. With plenty of durability built in, these running shoes mean you don’t have to worry about keeping them pristine. Work ’em! Examples: Saucony Peregrine ISO and Nike Terra Kiger 5 (below)

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hen Dave Holmes met with mixologist Nick Shields in Westport in 2012 to sample his refreshing, alcoholic seltzer concoction, he knew he had something special. It was so good that Holmes embarked on a business venture with Shields, and the name SpikedSeltzer bubbled up into mainstream, boozy consciousness. In an arena where beer, wine and cocktails are the standard, the new seltzer became the unexpected hit. It even caught the eye of Anheuser-Busch InBev, who bought it in 2016. Now Holmes is serving up another cool new drink. He started a hemp-infused hydration line called PLNT Blend. Pronounced “plant,” the drink is a non-GMO, gluten-free, organic,

with this project.” The buzz about hemp is easy to understand. The plant-derived compounds found in cannabis and hemp are fuel for overall body and mind health. The line features exciting flavors with different benefits: Turmeric + Ginger for gut health; Pineapple + Chamomile to relax and recover; and Mint + Matcha for full focus and energy. The beverages have anti-inflammatory properties and are rich in antioxidants. They can be used to address everyday stress, anxiety and common pain. The company is open about what goes into its drinks. “Credibility for PLNT Blend, like that of any consumer good, is rooted in the product itself. Our ingredients are listed on every bottle and speak to clean

all-natural, vegan, kosher and nonpsychoactive beverage that is raising the bar in the competitive drink industry. The beverage is a niche combination of real plants, filtered water and full hemp extract that is not only delicious, but also good for you. “Like CBD and Hemp, PLNT Blend’s story is full of twists and turns,” says Holmes, whose inspiration for the drink came from a passion to create a new and exciting healthy beverage. “The original creations came from a chef in New York back in 2016, long before hemp or CBD was on anyone’s radar— maybe too early, really. My interest has been finding ways to promote wellness and manage stress through functional plants, which is a perfect intersection

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and thoughtful formulation. We believe that balance is key to wellness, so we don’t use ‘natural’—a.k.a. processed— sweeteners like Erythritol, so we can claim zero grams of sugar. We’re more comfortable having a few grams of sugars provided by Coconut Nectar, which is an amazingly low glycemic—and truly natural—sweetener.” PLNT Blend is sold at Newbrook Kitchen and Artisan Market in Westport, Organika Kitchen in Southport and Rowayton Market among other locations in Fairfield County. It’s also sold in bulk online, in case the home pantry needs to be stocked. To place an order, and to learn more about the benefits of their hemp drinks, go to plntblend.com.

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above, left: Children work on focus and breath at the yoga studio above, right: Coowners Kate Pollock and Carly Walker

HERE COMES THE SUN YOGA FOR KIDS AND TEENS AT COASTAL SOL YOGA by diane sembrot

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oga makes for calmer and happier children, which is a major necessity because anxiety is steadily on the rise in young people,” says Carly Walker, a certified children’s yoga teacher, who taught yoga at the Acorn School and at Lululemon in NYC. Now she is director of the children’s program at the newly open Coastal Sol Yoga (coastalsolyoga .com) in Westport. She opened the studio with co-owner and co-founder Kate Pollock this past summer. “Kate and I both moved from New York City at the exact same time. A mutual friend introduced us a month before moving here,” says Carly. “We started teaching yoga in area preschools three years ago, then a year ago we rented various spaces to offer kids yoga classes together before settling on CSY’s current home.” The play-based classes are tailored to each age group: toddlers with parents or caregivers; preschoolers; ages five to ten; and middle school. “There are similarities that we weave

through the classes, but, otherwise, we do age-appropriate themes, poses and yoga games that the kids love,” says Carly. “It doesn’t look or sound like your typical adult yoga class. We use a million props that keep the kids totally engaged. Things such as stuffed animals that bring us into our poses, below: Teaching children the basics of yoga means making it fun, too

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fuzzy breath balls that kids blow off their hands to work on inhale/exhale, then we pick the fuzzy balls up with kid chopsticks. The focus is amazing.” The classes end with quiet moments. “The kids always relax at the end when they focus on a beanie baby ‘taking a ride’ on their bellies— the beginning of meditation,” she says. “They all get foot rubs while they meditate.” Middle school classes start with talking about how they are feeling and social issues they are dealing with. “I drop in some positive self-talk they can practice on a daily basis,” says Carly. “At this age we hold poses longer and dive a little more into the practice of yoga. A long rest is crucial.” “Kids need self-regulation and centering tools as they navigate the stress in their world,” agrees co-owner Kate Pollock. “Yoga that is playful and thoughtful provides those tools. Kids have full schedules, and often when they have down time, they are increasingly on screens. Their bodies and minds want to relax, yet because their sympathetic nervous system is on almost all the time, they don’t know how to find their calm. So at the end of all our yoga classes, we guide the class into relaxation. It’s their favorite part.” Coastal Sol Yoga also helps moms. “Our studio is a place for mamas-to-be and new moms to gather and form a community. Our pre-/postnatal classes are a fluid blend of movement, including yoga, Pilates, strengthening and relaxation,” says Kate. The studio partners with The Parent Collective to host a postpartum support group. Aside from being a co-owner of the yoga studio, Kate Pollock is also director of its Prenatal and Postpartum Program. She has a master’s degree in education and multiple yoga certifications and is also a labor support doula. She started teaching yoga in 2009 with a focus in prenatal and postpartum yoga and mentors prenatal yoga teacher trainees at the Integral Yoga Institute in NYC. They fit a lot into the 1,000-square-foot studio. “We created a beautiful studio and waiting room where moms and families can relax and gather to discuss family life,” says Carly. “Kate and I are very passionate about the peace aspect that yoga brings into children’s lives. We hope this practice will allow kids to see the good in themselves and one another.”

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MOM POWER Fairfield County meets L.A. as a group of celebrity mothers and local philanthropists take up the cause of CHILDREN’S MENTAL WELLNESS by judy ostrow

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mother of three and a longtime area resident Lisa Zelson was vacationing with friends at the Cal-a-Vie Spa in California. She was ruminating on finding a cause that would use her considerable expertise in raising funds and issue awareness. A chance meeting with another mom at the spa was her introduction to an original philanthropic idea that had just started to percolate in the imagination of her new acquaintance. Sharon Feldstein is the mother of two of Hollywood’s brightest young lights: actor Jonah

Hill, who among his other achievements has been Oscar-nominated twice for his supporting roles in Moneyball and The Wolf of Wall Street; and Golden Globe–nominated actress Beanie Feldstein, costar of Booksmart, 2019’s hit coming-of-age film. Along with her friend of forty-plus years, Patsy Noah, whose son Adam Levine has also made his mark as lead singer of pop band Maroon 5, among other boldface credits, the pair realized that they could use their voices to bring attention to children’s mental health causes. “We have a platform because we have high-power children,” says

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Sharon, “and we have a responsibility to use it for good.” The two women had initially seen the impact of celebrity motherhood by assisting with an effort that is dear to both women’s hearts: the health and well-being of kids. A couple of years before meeting Lisa Zelson, Sharon and Patsy had taken part in a PSA at the request of the Obama administration. Its purpose was to get the mothers of celebrities— also including the moms of Alicia Keys and Jennifer Lopez—to encourage young adults to sign up for health coverage made available

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clockwise from top, left: Sharon Feldstein (cofounder) flanked by children • Patsy Noah (cofounder) • YMC Core Moms Terria Joseph, Janice Kramer, Sharon Feldstein, Paula Silver and Patsy Noah • Terria Joseph


through the Affordable Care Act. The sign-off for the public service message was First Lady Michelle Obama saying, “We nag you because we love you. Your mom cares.” The PSA got wide attention in the media, and Sharon, who has a background in branding and trends, thought those last three words would make a great name for a brand that supports kids. She asked the White House for permission to trademark it, and Your Mom Cares (YMC)—the nonprofit organization— was born. THE EARLY YEARS Early efforts worked on grassroots help for health-focused programs for children, as the YMC network of moms expanded through social media and television appearances. With many crises affecting children and teens both in the United States and across the globe, Sharon and Patsy knew it was time to take their passion to the next level and got to work defining the mission. “Mental health is the issue of our time, with the current state of the world—so much violence and stress for children,” says Sharon. “We need more professionals, where, in many cases, there are none. So we are funding apps to help solve the problem.” She recalled some words that have been loaded with negative, shaming connotations over recent decades. “Divorce, cancer, AIDS—at first, no one could talk about these problems, but awareness changes attitudes. “Some of the same stigma is attached to the phrase ‘mental illness.’ Yet the need to address that is universal, and huge. The incidence of anxiety and depression in children, teens and young adults is rising. The focus on mental health is coming out of the shadows, and we want to direct our energy to this by promoting mental wellness with Your Mom Cares.” MAKE THE CONNECTION As Lisa Zelson and Sharon cultivated a longdistance friendship after their spa meet up, the concentration of effort toward mental wellness resonated with Lisa. YMC had also hired a chief operating officer in late 2018—Meredith Wolff, a New York attorney who has worked for a number of years as a consultant for sportsand-entertainment–based philanthropy. With someone on board to focus on the needed behind-the-scenes work to develop systems to

vet funding requests and create grantmaking apparatus, the organization was ready to branch out from its L.A. base. “It’s a testament to the energy of YMC’s founders. I had an interview on Monday and was on board by Thursday,” Meredith says. She recalls that it was an amazing moment to step in. The organization had raised nearly a million dollars and has taken steps to increase its visibility, revamping the group’s website and its other communications, and continuing to raise funds and support. “Central to our efforts is finding and funding cutting-edge organizations and programs that concentrate in this area of vast need,” she notes. “YMC does not run programs but has a twopronged strategy: Raise money and seek out

This organization can make real progress toward addressing what is an overwhelming need. it is truly the time for this effort. And it is wonderful that Sharon and Patsy and the other celebrity moms can draw so much attention to a really important cause.” —lisa zelson, a core mom of your mom cares

organizations that want to make a difference, and change the dialogue from mental illness to mental wellness.” She adds, “We want to get the conversation started on the ground, in communities around the country.” STRONG CORE Lisa has taken up the role as one of YMC’s “core moms”—a group of advisors that will function to spread the word about children’s mental wellness and continue to raise funds and find and evaluate opportunities and programs JANUARY/ FEBRUARY 2020 WESTPORT

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dedicated to this mission. The efforts come in all sizes—part of Patsy’s and Sharon’s instincts to keep flexibility in how the organization does its helping work. One major program in development at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh is a phone app that will help keep kids healthy by incorporating both digital behavioral health therapy and human interaction via trained mental-wellness coaches who are connected to the UPMC medical care network. The app is structured like an interactive game, but use is directly monitored by medical professionals. In 2019 YMC made a $500,000 commitment to pilot this groundbreaking new approach. On a smaller scale, Patsy Noah notes that YMC’s Mobile Moms Fund enables disbursements to go quickly where the need is greatest to fund work being done by reputable nonprofit organizations to address a variety of pediatric mental-wellness emergencies. “Every mom tries to keep a small rainy-day fund for urgent and immediate needs,” says Patsy, “and so does Your Mom Cares.” Sharon, Patsy, Terria Joseph (mom of singer Alicia Keys), Meredith Wolff and hosts Lisa Zelson and Kim Meier recently prepped for an event held at Lisa’s home. It was an informational gathering, which Lisa called a “friend-raiser.” The group of high-power moms hand-made beaded bracelets that sport the organization’s acronym (#ymc) and gifted them to each guest. They encouraged all the attendees to wear their bracelets as a way to spread the word about Your Mom Cares and its special mission as they go about their daily rounds. “The bracelets are a great conversation starter,” says Lisa. “Every person I’ve talked to about them has a family member or friend whose child is suffering from depression or anxiety. Just a simple chat about what the beads mean makes people feel better. This organization can make real progress toward addressing what is an overwhelming need. It is truly the time for this effort, and it’s wonderful that Sharon and Patsy and the other celebrity moms can draw so much attention to a really important cause.” The core moms look forward to bringing big plans to reality, but, in the meantime, grassroots efforts can accomplish quite a bit. At yourmomcares.org, click on “Get Involved” for ways in which every mom, or someone who loves kids “like a mom,” can help.


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When it comes to the latest in necklace wearing, layering is the name of the game. Playing around with different styles is the best way to get started, knowing you can dress it up or tone it down depending on what you’re wearing. Look for a mix of chains in differnt weights and lengths. Shorter, chunkier links play well with longer, delicate strands. Shop your jewelry box first, keeping an eye out for heirloom pendants or long-forgotten pieces that may feel fresh. When buying new (admittedly more fun), make it personal with initials 1 or zodiac charms and aim for a variety of shapes and sizes.

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ROBERTO COIN Princess charm in 18K gold; $900. Lux Bond & Green, Westport; lbgreen.com

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18K birthstone charm, ribbon tag, moon charm; $2,050. JL Rocks, Westport; jlrocks.com

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and potentially include more allergens than lab-created products. The term natural is a buzzword that doesn't translate to anything in the cosmetics chemistry or FDA world. Though Westport is more advanced in terms of going local and being aware of what goes into your body, it's best to leave the selection of hair color to the licensed professionals. Your stylist will choose a formula, considering several factors. We offer custom, thorough and unrushed consultations to give our clients options and to help them understand the process. Pregnant, postpartum, wellness focused and clients receiving treatments often gravitate to us for this reason.” What do people need to know about makeup now? “Makeup today revolves around wellness and quality ingredients. It starts with great skincare, using tons of SPF in your daily moisturizer and selecting a lighttinted foundation with skin-benefitting ingredients to go on top. It's very important to go quality with your base. Then my routine includes a cream-based blush, simple brow tinting wand, brightening concealer, mascara and tinted lip balm. My pro tip would be to use your fingers to blend everything. We all want to look fresh and well blended—the heat from your fingers actually helps melt the product into small areas, like under your eyes. Plus, less brush washing and bacteria buildup on your tools is also extremely important for promoting healthy skin.”

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lanning on being plenty social in 2020? Start by getting party and photo ready. With an appreciation for natural looks, Kelsey Morey—owner of Haus of Pretty (hausofpretty.com), located among the coming-and-goings of the train station (24 Railroad Pl.)—can help you sharpen your hair and makeup skills. This year, you’ll be looking for cameras, not dodging them. Here’s what she shared. The new year is time of change. What advice do you have for someone who wants a new look? “It is a time of change! However, I think you can adopt that mentality at any time of the year for renewal, reflection and self-care. You don't have to stay in the parameters of going dark in the winter or lighter in the summer. These are old concepts that functioned around keeping your hair healthy when the products your colorist used were drying and damaging. Now, we have the flexibility, with better formulas, products and bond builders, to keep your hair healthy year round. My best advice when looking for a style overhaul is to choose one thing to adjust and go from there. The most successful hair colors and cuts start with addressing one problem area at a time. That way, you can stop and assess each step and whether it feels like the new you.”

What should we know before a new hair color? “Professional products and color formulations have come a long way in the past three to five years or so. Your stylist should be up to date and trained on special additives that can be mindfully selected for your hair type. They can offer maximum breakage protection, hydration and other benefits custom to you. This is key to any enviable, celebrity-worthy hair color. Healthy hair is always the prettiest! We like to work out longterm hair health plans for our clients. This can include evaluating lifestyle, nutrition, scalp health and picking apart daily hair routines to find areas to improve.” Do you recommend natural hair dyes? “There is a general misconception about natural and organic products. They're not always the best choice westportmag.com

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How do you make the camera love you? “Great question! We work on tons of photoshoots, and my staff and I have personal experience in the professional modeling world. It starts from within— hydrating and moisturizing extra the week of your photoshoot. I would highly recommend staying away from anything dehydrating, including caffeine and alcoholic beverages. It really does make a noticeable difference in your skin. Then, I would use an HD foundation formulated without SPF. The SPF, though great for daily wear, reflects light and can make you appear off tone behind the camera. Lastly, pick a photographer who offers direction. He or she should advise you on exactly how to extend your neck, push out your arm, do a smile, make sure they're not seeing too much of the whites of your eyes on certain angles, etc." Anything else? "It also helps immensely to have a stylist on-site. When we style for photoshoots, we often stick around to make sure your bangs are in place, a clothing wrinkle isn't present, and that kind of attention to detail. It's always worth it to have more than one set of eyes; your stylist and photographer will be looking for different things. The dynamic is really what makes a great final ​product.” What's new in the salon? “We're adding CBD scalp massages to our service menu using local CBD from New Beauty Wellness, another high-quality beauty spa in Westport. We're also in the beginning stages of launching our branded haircare and cosmetics line. Our clients will be involved throughout this process by receiving testers and pre/ priority access when it launches!” Editor's Note: Interview edited for fit.

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left: Kelsey Morey, owner/founder of Haus of Pretty in Saugatuck, is also a model and colorist. Her makeup (above) was done by Haus of Pretty's Lauren Dudeczka and Stephanie Straface right: The salon offers makeup services


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hile you were holding that pose in barre class or sweating through an indoor cycling or rowing session, a fitness trend snuck into town: assisted stretching. Specialized stretching studios are popping up across the country, and two of them sprung up in Westport. Additionally, there’s a dedicated space for stretching at a wellness center and a new hot yoga studio works on flexibility. We may know we should work on our range of motion and movement efficiency, but most of us, let’s face it, won’t stretch unless someone makes us. Now we have professional-assisted help, so no more excuses.

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WESTPORT HOT YOGA IMAGE BY SUGAR + SPICE PHOTOS BY LAURA FUHR; STRETCH BASE COURTESY OF RESTORE HYPER WELLNESS + CRYOTHERAPY; STRETCH ZONE, CONTRIBUTED

Individual and group assisted stretching and flexibility training at STRETCHLAB

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“After experiencing Stretch Zone on a Florida vacation and speaking to the local owner, I knew that the concept and methodology was something special,” says Kyle Hargett. He was impressed enough to open a Stretch Zone (stretchzone.com) location in Westport this past summer. Jorden Gold founded the business in 2004 after developing a practitionerassisted stretch using a proprietary methodology to improve circulation and create a more ideal resting muscle tone and range of motion. The Stretch Zone Method® addresses muscle nervous tension (“tonus”) and re-educates the nerve-muscle reflex, an automatic defense against over-stretching (movement that’s done too fast, too far and/or held for too long). Using the stabilization system, clients completely relax, knowing they’re not going to fall. Therefore, trainers can better isolate muscles within a group for productive, not painful, stretching. “We are extremely excited to be bringing the lasting benefits of stretch to Westport,” Kyle says. “Whether it’s someone who sits at a desk all day, seniors, athletes or even the occasional golfer, we look forward to bringing the Stretch Zone difference to the local community."

It’s winter, so Westport Hot Yoga (westporthotyoga.com) sounds especially good right now. A variety of group classes, guided by an instructor, stretch to improve flexibility, range of motion, alignment and balance. Regular practice also works on muscle tone, focus and breath control. The studio has a state-of-the-art heating system that keeps the temperature even throughout the room and controls humidity level. The heat, somewhere between pleasant and “my oh my,” helps you stretch into your muscles. It's not about pain. “You focus on breathing, promoting relaxation and stress reduction. By breathing, you will get deeper into your muscles by focusing on your body. This awareness will help prevent overstretching," says Abbey Chase, co-owner with Richard Failla. “But there’s more. Hot yoga stimulates the lymphatic system to flush out toxins from your body. Sweating eliminates and detoxifies your body through the largest organ: your skin. Also, warm muscles are less likely to get injured, and your circulation and cardiovascular systems will improve. All while you lose weight.” Go for the stretch, stay for the many benefits (including much needed relief from the recent cold snap).

Launched in Austin, Restore Hyper Wellness + Cryotherapy (restore.com) is now nationwide with services that are purported to hyperstimulate the body’s natural defense mechanisms to work on sports performance, pain management, recovery and beauty. Keep your cool, Westport—we now have our very own. The options range from cryotherapy to IV drips. But did you know it also has a Stretch Base? Stretch Base provides customized assisted stretching with a trained stretch therapist. Each session begins with vibrational therapy to increase blood circulation, relieve muscle tension and improve range of motion. That’s followed by a series of facilitated stretches to improve flexibility and promote healthy movement throughout the body. “Mobility is one of the most important keys to quality of life,” says co-founder and CEO Jim Donnelly. “Stretching, done properly, is a very powerful treatment to enhance mobility, reduce chronic pain and promote longevity. At Restore, we feel that stretching/ mobility is a foundational element of being able to move properly. The more mobile someone is, the more they can do the things that they enjoy.” That's true not only for your workouts, but also everyday errand runs.

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ONE-ON-ONE In your session, either twenty-five or fifty minutes, you work one on one with a trained “flexologist” (a coach/ therapist who has a background in sports medicine, athletic training, chiropractic or related specialty). He or she physically moves your body through stretches to address your specific concerns—from tight neck to achy feet—and to improve your range of motion. This is hands on; you lie on a table and the trainer does the work.

GROUP Option 1: Fit Flex. In this group class, you are guided through seated and standing stretches with the help of yoga straps and foam rollers. This session is a good fit for desk jockeys who sit most of the day. Option 2: Power Stretch. This session focuses on deep stretches and performance recovery. It is suited to athletes. See more at stretchlab.com.


go above: A view of Lake Como from the new luxury hotel • The lobby showcases designer Patricia Urquiola’s impeccable style and eye for creating a natural ambiance • The stunning staircase of seemingly floating stairs • Dessert, like all of the food, is simply elegant

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DRAMATIC VISTAS ON THE WATER’S EDGE AT IL SERENO LAGO DI COMO

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et against the foothills of the Italian Alps, Il Sereno Lago di Como is an ultra-luxury hotel, opened in 2017, following the success of its sister property Le Sereno St Barth’s. The stylish and intimate sanctuary, residing in the pictorial town of Torno, has unrivaled personalized service and a contemporary vibe that exudes quintessential relaxation. As soon as my husband and I arrived (for our first real kid-free getaway in ten years!), we were able to disconnect and live in the moment. Eccellente!

STAY Take your pick from the thirty spacious suites with breathtaking lake views and private furnished terraces (we ate breakfast on ours every morning!). Celebrated designer, Milan-based Patricia Urquiola—she won the international Order of Isabella the Catholic, awarded by His Majesty The King of Spain— created a modern look with understated décor. Her primary goal was for guests to feel in harmony with the environment and cocooned by the natural landscape. The rooms reflect the changing of light throughout the day effected by the interaction of water and varying lines of the mountains and sky. We stayed in The Corner Suite, surrounded by 180 degrees of glistening Lake Como. For an extra special treat, book The Penthouse, a 2,150-square-foot space with an oversized terrace, garden and rooftop lap pool. westportmag.com

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CUISINE In 2017, after being open for just one full season, Ristorante Berton Al Lago, the hotel’s signature restaurant, was awarded its first Michelin star. Chef Andrea Berton, along with Executive Chef Raffaele Lenzi, sources only the freshest ingredients from nearby locations, such as Valtellina and the Pianura Padana region, to assemble a menu of classic northern Italian dishes to delight the most sophisticated palates. Standouts are the Venus rice ravioli, black cabbage and razor clams; the cod with puntarelle, leeks and broad beans; and for dessert, the milk crêpe with salted caramel, rhubarb and yogurt. There’s also a light-fare menu available for hotel guests served in the pool area.

PORTRAIT BY DREAMSCAPE STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY;; EXTERIOR, ANGIE SILVERSPOON; LOBBY, JP PITER; STAIRCASE, PATRICIA PARINEJAD; DESSERT, AUGUSTALEIGH

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book bag if you can peel your eyes from the magnificent panorama, dive into these striking must-reads.

RECIPE FOR A PERFECT WIFE BY KARMA BROWN

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above: Chef Andrea Berton’s cuisine at Il Sereno’s Berton al Lago is world-class • The extraordinary dining experience with Venetian terrazzo and travertine stone • The penthouse suite boasts views for days, a grand terrace and a private hot tub.

PAMPER The spa, outfitted with cool tones of the centuries-old granite walls and green accents reminiscent of the deep tones of Lake Como, is an instantly soothing environment located in the former darsena, or boathouse, of the property. Keeping with the Sereno Hotels tradition, the three treatment rooms face the water, while you indulge in exclusive products from Valmont skincare, acclaimed for antiaging treatments obtained from the natural elements of Switzerland, where it’s based, including pure water from the Valais Glacier. I highly recommend the Vitality of the Glaciers facial, which stimulates the skin’s energy and cell renewal, transforming overstrained, lifeless skin into radiant, firm skin. There’s also the Peaks of Firmness, an expert anti-wrinkle and firming facial to treat and prevent visible signs of aging.

UNWIND Check out the many secret passageways while you stroll through the tranquil gardens, at the center of which is a sixty-foot-long infinity pool placed lengthwise in front of the lake and surrounded by a large sundeck where guests can sunbathe and partake in delicious food and drinks. Next to the pool is a small beach perfect for kids (should you dare to invite them along). There are also docking facilities and three custom Riva boats so you can take a spin around the lake and, perhaps, enjoy an extravagant (two-hour) lunch at the exclusive Locanda dell’Isola Comacina, located on the only island on Lake Como. My husband and I were blown away by how fresh and flavorful the food and the service was and the service was top notch. We particularly enjoyed the trout served tableside. You can take a tour of the island and stop at La Botte bar for a revitalizing aperitif. JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2020 WESTPORT

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A captivating dual narrative novel reveals what happens when a modern-day woman finds hidden notes left by her home’s previous owner, an archetypal 1950s housewife.

THE OTHER MRS. BY MARY KUBICA The latest from psychological suspense powerhouse Mary Kubica follows a couple, new to a small town in Maine, who becomes entangled in a murder. This hypnotic and addictive novel will keep the pages turning.

THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS BY LISA JEWELL Be careful who you let in. That’s the tagline for New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jewell’s fast-paced thriller about a family’s buried secrets that are brimming to the surface.

THE NETWORK (A JACK LOGAN THRILLER) BY L. C. SHAW Connecticut resident L. C. Shaw (pseudonym of internationally bestselling author Lynne Constantine) takes readers on a thrill ride from the back halls of Congress to the high-rise offices of Madison Avenue and a remote Greek island.


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FRIENDLY BEAST GMC’S SIERRA DENALI WORKS LIKE A CHARM by chris hodenfield

step kicks out to ease entry. Another nifty bit of ingenuity was the tailgate, which can be arranged to a variety of tasks, such as step ladder, back stop, work bench and I think soda fountain. The excellent rear-view camera was never more useful. Sometimes I felt I was backing up a freight train. For all that, the truck’s usefulness created real charm. GMC is one step higher up the luxury ladder from its corporate cousin, the Chevy Silverado. While it has all the latest tech conveniences, and was very well appointed, it did not have the

Perhaps when trucks go fullelectric in a few years, folks here might lean that way. Once behind the wheel the first thing to be noticed is the sheer quality of the ride. I had wondered if the brute would go its way with a lot of huffing and snorting. But it actually had a lot of polish. With its Adaptive Ride Control, it’s an effortless cruiser and perfectly acceptable choice for a long trip. That is, unless fuel economy was your No. 1 priority. A four-wheeldrive Crew Cab will have a thirst to match its heft. Getting inside was no issue—a

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limousine-like luxury found in some much pricier competitors. Still, the Sierra Denali does offer an attractive level of refinement. No one who dropped down into one of the comfy leather seats (cooled or heated, as you wish) would dare complain.

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GMC SIERRA DENALI 1500 Base price: $58,000 Tested price: $67,735 Drivetrain: 420-hp, 6.2-liter V8. AWD. EPA Mileage ratings: 15/21 mpg

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lot of things can be done in a hulking pickup like the GMC Sierra Denali 1500. Like, for example, haul or tow an astounding amount of tonnage. But maybe the best thing it delivers is the satisfaction of arriving in style. On the road or in the driveway you are as noticeable as a pirate’s galleon cresting the high seas. The four-door pickup may not have replaced the SUV in Fairfield County. But in cool towns like Austin, Texas, these big honkers are the ride of choice for ferrying dogs, kids, teams, whatever.


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A better way to improve your Golf Performance in Ridgefield

I was inspired to develop our Five Elements of Success Principles to encourage athletes to follow their passion and desire to improve. Roger Knick, Founder photo above

Recently, we met up with Ridgefield resident Roger Knick, the founder of The Golf Performance Center and Junior Golf Hub. Knick is a sports performance specialist and entrepreneur who has spent his 20 plus year career refining his knowledge and practical application of coaching, incorporating cuttingedge techniques.

GPC’s Main Campus that houses Ethan Allen Prep’s classrooms, dining hall and dormitories.

Knick believes that GPC’s success over the years in getting 100 plus athletes into 80+ colleges and universities is due to one thing—creating a plan for getting better and setting goals. He jokes, “People have the idea that you go to a golf instructor and you can easily be fixed! It’s a terrible model, and why many players have not improved for years. It’s important for coaches to really pay attention and to realize that each individual learns differently, which is what our coaches do best.” As a former Division One and professional athlete, Knick has a deep personal understanding of his clients’ goals and objectives and how to work with them to make it happen. His diverse client roster includes everyone from aspiring high school and college athletes to professional players with the PGA, LPGA, NHL, MLB and NBA. Knick recalls, “I was inspired to develop our Five Elements of Success Principles to encourage athletes to follow their passion and

desire to improve.” These include: developing good coaching/mentor relationships, understanding that “function dictates form,” mastering mental aspects of the game, learning to deal with failure, striving to have a curious and open mind, and using the right equipment. He notes: “I have applied these elements not only to golf, but to life as well.” Knick has also developed The Player Development System (PDS) that provides insight into an athlete’s abilities. Knick says, “We use our science-based coaching philosophy to develop a plan for improvement. We analyze a mental profile of each player to understand their learning style, to better connect and engage with the player and we assess the equipment in the bag. The end result is a competitive edge and a vastly improved game.”

824 Ethan Allen Hwy Ridgefield, CT 06877 thegolfperformancecenter.com 203.790.4653

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There’s a better way to improve one’s game than weekend lessons and patchwork fixes, and you can find it at The Golf Performance Center in Ridgefield, the Northeast’s leading full-time golf academy for athletes of all ages and skill levels seeking to transform their game. At both The Golf Performance Center and their new residential campus for student athletes in grades 9-12 at Ethan Allen Prep, improving golf performance is seen as a science.

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eat left: Flavored butter adds another layer of taste to home cooking. right: Blends for different tastes, savory and sweet.

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ondiments and spreads don’t just enhance flavor, sometimes they make a dish. Chef Austin Orwasher and his sister, Bess, know that’s true— and, so, in 2018 they launched Westport-based Bennett’s Butter Co., a gourmet, butter brand. Consider the flavors: Cinnamon + Brown Sugar, Everything Bagel, Roasted Garlic, Blueberry, Mushroom and Sriracha Jalapeño. These spreads will take bagels, meat and snacks to “flavortown” (to borrow a term from Guy Fieri). Bennett’s also recently announced a collaboration with Balducci’s market in Westport, where the spreads are sold. This brother-sister duo comes from a long line of food fanatics. Their family started Orwasher’s Bakery in NYC in 1916, serving quality bread and goods to the Yorkville area and beyond for decades. They continue to spread the wealth and flavor that has

become a family-shared passion with their new compound butters. They started making them from scratch for cooking, because Austin realized it was a simple way to create flavorful food. When cooking with friends and family, he found that they were nervous and intimidated about working with spices and

seasoning. They didn’t knew how much to use or what flavors worked well together, so they became focused on following a recipe to a T. Butter became the solution. “We’re taking an already known and loved product that everyone uses,” says Austin, “and we’re turning it on its head. Trying Siblings Bess Orwasher and Chef Austin Orwasher

to create these flavor profiles at home might seem daunting, so we’ve crafted the easiest way to make perfect chef-quality meals with this one ingredient. It doesn’t matter if you’re a foodie who loves to cook or a person who loves to order pizza, there’s a flavor and use of Bennett’s Butter that works for everyone.” The brand has generated buzz from popular media outlets, including Delish, POPSUGAR and Elite Daily. The ultimate success of the products, like its Everything Bagel spread, will come down to using quality ingredients and understanding what people crave. “Butter is something everyone knows and loves when it comes to cooking,” Bess says. “It was crucial that we tap into the tastes that make your favorite meal your favorite and to create familiar, delicious, craveable flavors everyone would want in their fridge.” W

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HAPPY NEW YEAR—IT’S TIME TO FIND A TAX ADVISER TO HELP YOU PLAN RIGHT

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ou buy or you rent, you save and invest, you try to stockpile assets for your monthly bills or for sometime down the road. All the while, something nibbles at your pile, sometimes biting off great chunks. Someday, you think, I will heed that proviso—the one that pops up with each money move you make, the one that tells you to check with your tax adviser. These days, more and more people rely on software to prepare their tax returns. But life here in lower Fairfield County is complicated. And the tax code is complicated. That’s where an expert can help. “Consult with a tax adviser. That’s such a cliché,” says Doreen Bray, president of Saugatuck Tax Group in Westport (and a very busy tax adviser who agreed to chat only if we promised to tell readers that she is not accepting new clients). “I call it tax

CPA. Bray, for example, is an Enrolled Agent. She is licensed by the Department of the Treasury, and with each turn of the tax code, she is required to head back to the classroom and continue her training. Her firm includes a CPA, a tax preparer, a tax attorney, another Enrolled Agent and more. Just like a professional athletic team, they all have different roles. “A lot of times people don’t know what they need,” Bray says. “Over the years they do their own taxes, and they do a decent job of it; but when they have something new come up, they become insecure and give me a call.” Many tax advisers can’t squeeze in a new client come tax time, so be proactive. Who should you look for? “Find someone who specializes,” Bray suggests, as it is impossible for every tax professional to understand every nuance in the tax code. Do you run a small business? Have a challenging portfolio? Need trust and estate help? Ask potential candidates if they help with tax planning or missed deductions, or if they handle audits. Inquire about their certifications, education, licenses. On the flip side, make sure that the adviser asks questions and wants to see your previous returns. “We have a certain number of clients who are astute, and they come in with a list of questions,” says Bray. “We love this!” W

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WHAT’S IN A NAME? Anyone with an IRS Tax Identification Number can file your tax return on your behalf. Make sure you understand who will actually be working work for you.

TAX PREPARER The preparer fills out simple paperwork or electronic tax returns, dots your i’s and crosses your t’s, and sends in your tax forms.

CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT His or her expertise lies in accounting, not necessarily in taxation. Bray says CPAs tend to be conservative when it comes to tax planning.

ENROLLED AGENT Enrolled Agents specialize in taxation. They understand the tax code, can get an IRS power of attorney and can represent you in your dealings with the IRS, including in an audit.

LICENSED TAX ATTORNEY He or she specializes in tax law. If you want to shelter income or if you find yourself in a tax dispute, the tax attorney is your best bet. “I love tax lawyers,” Bray says. “I think they’re God.”

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planning, and not nearly enough brokers or tax preparers seize the situation when it presents itself.” When it comes to personal finance and investing, tax ramifications often take a back seat to conversations about allocation and returns. But careless tax planning can result in tens of thousands of dollars at tax time each year for many lower Fairfield County households—and untold sums over a lifetime. Think about your 401(k)s, health savings accounts, real estate transactions, your charitable contributions and estate planning, your side gig or your consulting, your marriage, your divorce. A tax adviser helps you structure your financial life and create a tax strategy in a way that legally reduces your tax burden, proactively. “Most people come in after the fact,” Bray says. “A good tax adviser should reach out to you periodically, long before problems arise.” With the arrival of this new year, resolve once and for all to line up the right person for the job, one who can find ways to reduce your tax liability, help you wrangle taxes in your investment portfolio, help you navigate a major life event. A good tax adviser should be eager to reduce your tax burden to the fullest extent of the law. Who is a tax adviser, anyway? Hint: It’s not necessarily your


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FAIRFIELD COUNTY’S TOP DOCTORS 2020

ADDICTION PSYCHIATRY ERIC D. COLLINS New Canaan, 203-801-2241 HOSPITALS: Silver Hill, NY-Pres Columbia Addiction/Substance Abuse, Opioid Addiction, Dual Diagnosis, Alcohol Abuse

ADOLESCENT MEDICINE SARA B. LEVINE Greenwich Adolescent Medicine Greenwich, 203-532-1919 HOSPITAL: Greenwich Eating Disorders, Adolescent Behavior-High Risk, Adolescent Gynecology, Gay/Lesbian/ Transgender Health

MARCIE B. SCHNEIDER Greenwich Adolescent Medicine Greenwich, 203-532-1919 HOSPITAL: Greenwich Eating Disorders, Obesity, Menstrual Disorders

JOANNA ZOLKOWSKI-WYNNE Primary Care Center at Bridgeport Hospital Bridgeport, 203-384-3235 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, Yale New Haven Nutrition, Eating Disorders, Parenting Issues

ALLERGY & IMMUNOLOGY AIMEE ALTSCHUL-LATZMAN Allergy & Asthma Consultants of Fairfield County Fairfield, 203-955-1461 HOSPITAL: St. Vincent’s Medical Center

Allergy, Asthma, Food & Drug Allergy, Insect Allergy

KENNETH S. BACKMAN Allergy & Asthma Care of Fairfield County Fairfield, 203-259-7070 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, St. Vincent’s Medical Center Nasal Allergy, Food Allergy, Asthma, Sinus Disorders

JONATHAN B. BELL Advanced Specialty Care Danbury, 203-748-7433 HOSPITAL: Danbury Asthma, Insect Allergy, Sinusitis, Hives

KATHERINE A. BLOOM Allergy & Asthma Care of Fairfield County Fairfield, 203-259-7070 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, St. Vincent’s Medical Center Food Allergy, Immune Deficiency, Asthma

MARVIN DEN Westmed Medical Group Norwalk, 203-845-4800 HOSPITAL: Norwalk Asthma, Airway Disorders

PHILIP H. HEMMERS Allergy Center of Connecticut Shelton, 203-374-6103 HOSPITALS: St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Norwalk

Pediatric Allergy & Immunology, Food Allergy

RICHARD J. LEE Advanced Specialty Care Danbury, 203-748-7433 HOSPITAL: Danbury Pediatric Allergy & Immunology, Urticaria

PAUL S. LINDNER Allergy & Asthma Center of Stamford Stamford, 203-978-0072 HOSPITAL: Stamford

Asthma & Sinusitis, Food & Drug Allergy, Immune Deficiency, Allergic Rhinitis

MARK D. LITCHMAN Fairfield County Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Associates Greenwich, 203-869-2080 HOSPITALS: Greenwich, Stamford Asthma, Immune Deficiency, Lupus/SLE, Vasculitis

AYMERIC LOUIT Fairfield County Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Associates Stamford, 203-357-1511 HOSPITALS: Stamford, Norwalk Pediatric Allergy & Immunology, Asthma & Allergy, Cough-Chronic, Eczema

AGNIESZKA MATCZUK Fairfield County Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Associates Greenwich, 203-869-2080 HOSPITALS: Greenwich, Stamford Pediatric Allergy & Immunology

Hypertension, Cholesterol/Lipid Disorders, Preventive Cardiology

JOSEPH SPROVIERO Fairfield County Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Associates Norwalk, 203-838-4034 HOSPITALS: Norwalk, Greenwich

GREGORY S. BLOOM Northeast Medical Group Trumbull, 203-333-8800 HOSPITALS: St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Bridgeport

Asthma & Allergy, Autoimmune Disease

CARDIAC ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY

Nuclear Cardiology, Echocardiography, Non-Invasive Cardiology

MURALI CHIRAVURI Cardiac Specialists Danbury, 203-794-0090 HOSPITALS: Danbury, Bridgeport

LINDA R. CASALE Cardiac Specialists of Fairfield Fairfield, 203-292-2000 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, Milford

Arrhythmias, Atrial Fibrillation, Pacemakers/ Defibrillators, Defibrillators

Non-Invasive Cardiology, Women’s Health, Echocardiography

ALEXANDER DELVECCHIO Northeast Medical Group Greenwich, 203-863-4210 HOSPITALS: Greenwich, Yale New Haven

VENU CHANNAMSETTY Cardiology Physicians of Fairfield County Bridgeport, 203-683-5100 HOSPITAL: St. Vincent’s Medical Center

Pacemakers/Defibrillators, Arrhythmias

Hypertension, Heart Failure, Cardiomyopathy, Preventive Cardiology

SANDHYA DHRUVAKUMAR Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-276-2321 HOSPITAL: Stamford

JOONUN CHOI Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-348-7410 HOSPITAL: Stamford

Arrhythmias, Atrial Fibrillation

ADAM T. LOTTICK Northeast Medical Group Trumbull, 203-333-8800 HOSPITALS: St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Bridgeport

Non-Invasive Cardiology, Preventive Cardiology, Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology

EVELYN J. CUSACK Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-348-7410 HOSPITAL: Stamford

Arrhythmias, Atrial Fibrillation

MICHAEL R. PITTARO Cardiology Physicians of Fairfield County Norwalk, 203-845-2160 HOSPITALS: Norwalk, St. Vincent’s Medical Center

Echocardiography, Non-Invasive Cardiology, Cholesterol/ Lipid Disorders

LAWRENCE I. FISHER Cardiac Specialists Danbury, 203-794-0090 HOSPITALS: Danbury, Bridgeport

Arrhythmias

ROBERT D. WINSLOW Cardiac Specialists of Fairfield Fairfield, 203-292-2000 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, Danbury

Cardiac Catheterization, Pacemakers/ Defibrillators, Heart Valve Disease, Echocardiography

Arrhythmias, Atrial Fibrillation, Pacemakers/ Defibrillators, Catheter Ablation

RAM GORDON Cardiac Specialists Fairfield, 203-385-1111 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, Milford

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Nuclear Cardiology, Preventive Cardiology

CHARLES B. AUGENBRAUN Cardiology Physicians of Fairfield County Norwalk, 203-845-2160 HOSPITALS: Norwalk, Stamford

JEFFREY A. GREEN Stamford, 203-674-1810 HOSPITAL: Stamford Preventive Cardiology, Hypertension-Complex, Heart Valve Disease,

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DAVID H. HSI The Heart Physicians Stamford, 203-276-2323 HOSPITALS: Stamford, Norwalk

MARIA C. PAVLIS Northeast Medical Group Greenwich, 203-863-4210 HOSPITALS: Greenwich, Yale New Haven

Coronary Artery Disease, Heart Valve Disease, Vascular Disease

STEVEN H. KUNKES Cardiac Specialists of Fairfield Fairfield, 203-292-2000 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, Milford Coronary Artery Disease, Congestive Heart Failure, Heart Valve Disease, Diagnostic Problems

ROBERT L. LABARRE Cardiology Physicians of Fairfield County Stamford, 203-353-1133 HOSPITALS: Stamford, St. Vincent’s Medical Center Cardiac Catheterization, Angiography-Coronary, Interventional Cardiology, Angioplasty & Stent Placement

KEVIN LENHART Northeast Medical Group Trumbull, 203-333-8800 HOSPITALS: St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Bridgeport Cardiovascular Disease, Internal Medicine

DAVID J. LOMNITZ Western Connecticut Health Network Norwalk, 203-855-3680 HOSPITAL: Norwalk Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology

CRAIG A. MCPHERSON Bridgeport, 203-384-3442 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, Yale New Haven

Arrhythmias, Pacemakers/Defibrillators, Atrial Fibrillation, Syncope

JAY LEWIS MEIZLISH Cardiac Specialists of Fairfield Fairfield, 203-292-2000 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, Milford Interventional Cardiology, Preventive Cardiology, Cholesterol/Lipid Disorders, Nuclear Cardiology

STEPHEN MICHAELSON Cardiology Physicians of Fairfield County Norwalk, 203-845-2160 HOSPITALS: Norwalk, Stamford

Cardiovascular Disease, Internal Medicine, Nuclear Radiology

BRIAN D. POLLACK Cardiac Specialists Danbury, 203-794-0090 HOSPITALS: Danbury, Bridgeport Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology

ALON RONEN Trumbull, 203-333-8800 HOSPITALS: St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Bridgeport

Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology, Preventive Cardiology, Invasive Cardiology

JEFFREY A. SCHMIERER Western Connecticut Medical Group Danbury, 203-739-7155 HOSPITAL: Danbury Coronary Artery Disease, Congestive Heart Failure, Cholesterol/Lipid Disorders, Hypertension

ADAM E. SCHUSSHEIM Cardiac Specialists of Fairfield Fairfield, 203-292-2000 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, Milford Hypertension, Heart Valve Disease, Preventive Cardiology, Cholesterol/ Lipid Disorders

EDWARD H. SCHUSTER The Heart Physicians Stamford, 203-276-2323 HOSPITALS: Stamford, Norwalk

Hypertension, Heart Failure, Cholesterol/Lipid Disorders

REBECCA P. STREETER Cardiology Physicians of Fairfield County Bridgeport, 203-683-5100 HOSPITAL: St. Vincent’s Medical Center Heart Failure

RICHARD L. TAIKOWSKI Cardiac Specialists of Fairfield Fairfield, 203-292-2000 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, Milford


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Echocardiography, Congenital Heart Disease-Adult, Heart Valve Disease, Vascular Medicine

ANJA WAGNER Cardiology Physicians of Fairfield County Bridgeport, 203-683-5100 HOSPITAL: St. Vincent’s Medical Center Preventive Cardiology, Non-Invasive Cardiology, Cardiac Imaging

CRAIG WERNER Northeast Medical Group Trumbull, 203-333-8800 HOSPITALS: St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Bridgeport

Cardiovascular Disease, Internal Medicine, Interventional Cardiology

STUART W. ZARICH Northeast Medical Group Bridgeport, 203-384-3844 HOSPITAL: Bridgeport

Echocardiography, Heart Disease in Women, Cardiac Catheterization, Mitral Valve Prolapse

CHILD & ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY ILANA KARPENOS Westport, 203-227-0060 Eating Disorders

DEBORAH S. LIPSCHITZ Fairfield, 203-256-9926

Developmental Disorders, Mood Disorders, Anxiety & Depression, Trauma Psychiatry

ANDREW LUSTBADER The Therapeutic Center For Children & Families Westport, 203-454-2428 HOSPITAL: Yale New Haven ADD/ADHD, Anxiety & Depression, Parenting Issues

JOAN POLL Westport, 203-222-1186 Anxiety Disorders, Parenting Issues, Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis

ALVIN A. ROSENFELD Greenwich, 203-861-0700 HOSPITAL: New YorkPres Weill Cornell Psychotherapy, Sexual Development

Disorders, Overscheduled Children

COLON & RECTAL SURGERY STUART E. BUSSELL Western Connecticut Medical Group Danbury, 203-739-7131 HOSPITAL: Danbury

Minimally Invasive Surgery

JAMES M. MCCLANE Colon & Rectal Surgical Care of CT Norwalk, 203-852-2262 HOSPITALS: Norwalk, Stamford Colon & Rectal Cancer, Laparoscopic Surgery, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Diverticulitis

SCOTT C. THORNTON Northeast Medical Group Fairfield, 203-255-7088 HOSPITAL: Bridgeport Laparoscopic Surgery, Colon & Rectal Cancer, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Colostomy Avoidance

CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE SANDRA K. WAINWRIGHT Northeast Medical Group Greenwich, 203-863-4505 HOSPITALS: Greenwich, Yale New Haven Hyperbaric and Wound Care

DERMATOLOGY JULIE CANTATORE Dermatology Physicians of Connecticut Norwalk, 203-538-5682 SEVERINE CHAVEL The Dermatology Center of Stamford Stamford, 203-325-3576 HOSPITALS: Stamford, Yale New Haven RICHARD C. CONNORS Greenwich, 203-622-0808 HOSPITAL: Greenwich Skin Cancer, Dermatopathology

SARAH E. DOLDER Greenwich Point Dermatology Greenwich, 203-764-2230 HOSPITAL: NY-Pres Columbia

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HOSPITAL: Stamford Melanoma, Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Mohs Surgery

HOSPITAL: Norwalk Skin Cancer, Mohs Surgery

KENNETH J. EGAN Advanced Cosmetics & Specialty Care Ridgefield, 203-438-5080 HOSPITAL: Danbury

GRAEME M. LIPPER Advanced DermCare Danbury, 203-797-8990 HOSPITALS: Danbury, New Milford Medical Dermatology, Laser Surgery, Cosmetic Dermatology, Botox Therapy

Skin Cancer & Moles, Psoriasis/Eczema, Rosacea

ROBIN D. EVANS Southern Connecticut Dermatology Stamford, 203-323-5660 HOSPITAL: Stamford

ELIZABETH R. MARSH The Dermatology Center of Stamford Stamford, 203-325-3576 HOSPITALS: Greenwich, Yale New Haven

GRACE LIANG FEDERMAN Advanced DermCare Danbury, 203-797-8990 HOSPITALS: Danbury, New Milford

FERN E. MAYER Stamford, 203-969-0123 HOSPITALS: Stamford, Yale New Haven

Laser Surgery

Skin Cancer, Pediatric Dermatology, Immune Deficiency-Skin Disorders

Cosmetic Dermatology, Psoriasis

JASON C. MCBEAN Fairfield Dermatology Fairfield, 203-259-7709 HOSPITAL: St. Vincent’s Medical Center

SAMUEL L. GETTLER Stamford, 203-323-3376 HOSPITAL: Stamford LOYD S. GODWIN Dermatology Physicians of Connecticut Norwalk, 203-538-5682

JEREMY ETHAN MOSS Brookside Dermatology Associates Bridgeport, 203-374-5546 HOSPITALS: Yale New Haven, St. Vincent’s Medical Center

BARRY SHELDON GOLDBERG Advanced DermCare Danbury, 203-797-8990 HOSPITALS: Danbury, New Milford Skin Cancer, Cosmetic Dermatology

Medical Dermatology, Psoriasis/Eczema, Acne, Skin Cancer

LYNNE M. HAVEN Greenwich, 203-869-4242 HOSPITAL: Greenwich

ELLEN S. NAIDORF Stamford, 203-964-1103 HOSPITALS: Stamford, Yale New Haven

Facial Rejuvenation, Cosmetic Dermatology, Botox Therapy, Laser Surgery

Skin Cancer, Pediatric Dermatology

OMAR A. IBRAHIMI Connecticut Skin Institute Stamford, 203-428-4440 HOSPITAL: Stamford

KIM MYRUTHZ NICHOLS NicholsMD of Greenwich Greenwich, 203-862-4000

Mohs Surgery, Dermatologic Surgery, Reconstructive Surgery-Skin, Laser Surgery

Cosmetic Dermatology, Medical Dermatology

MICHAEL PATRICK NOONAN Adult & Pediatric Dermatology Specialists Trumbull, 203-377-0639 HOSPITAL: Bridgeport

RHONDA QUAIN KLEIN Modern Dermatology Westport, 203-635-0770 HOSPITALS: Norwalk, Bridgeport

Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic Dermatology, Medical Dermatology, Skin Cancer, Dermatologic Surgery

RHETT J. DRUGGE Sheard Drugge Stamford, 203-324-5719

STEVEN A. KOLENIK III Connecticut Dermatology Group

ROBIN G. OSHMAN Westport, 203-454-0743 HOSPITALS: Yale New Haven, Norwalk Skin Cancer, Cosmetic Dermatology, Pediatric Dermatology

ROBERT JOHN PATRIGNELLI Trumbull, 203-261-0800 HOSPITAL: St. Vincent’s Medical Center Alopecia Areata, Botox Therapy, Skin Cancer, Hair Loss

DEBRA L. PRUZAN-CLAIN The Dermatology Center of Stamford Stamford, 203-325-3576 HOSPITAL: Stamford

Cosmetic Dermatology, Pediatric Dermatology, Acne & Rosacea, Medical Dermatology

DEANNE ROBINSON Modern Dermatology Westport, 203-635-0770 HOSPITAL: Yale New Haven MITCHELL J. ROSS Greenwich Medical Spa Riverside, 203-637-0662 HOSPITAL: Greenwich Facial Rejuvenation, Dermatologic Injectables & Fillers, Hair RemovalLaser, Psoriasis/Eczema

ELIZABETH C. SMITH Fairfield Dermatology Fairfield, 203-259-7709 HOSPITALS: St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Bridgeport

Medical Dermatology, Cosmetic Dermatology, Hair Restoration/Transplant, Pediatric Dermatology

JONATHAN R. ZIRN Advanced DermCare Danbury, 203-797-8990 HOSPITALS: Danbury, New Milford Dermatopathology, Skin Cancer

DIAGNOSTIC RADIOLOGY STEVEN M. COHEN Advanced Radiology Consultants Stamford, 203-337-9729 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, St. Vincent’s Medical Center Ultrasound, Women’s Imaging, CT Body Scan, MRI

KAPIL R. DESAI Greenwich Radiological Group Greenwich, 203-869-6220 HOSPITAL: Greenwich

Musculoskeletal Imaging, Musculoskeletal Tumors, Ultrasound, Sports Medicine Radiology

JOHN P. DONAHUE Orthopaedics Specialty Group MRI Fairfield, 203-292-9962 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, Yale New Haven MRI, Women’s Imaging, CT Scan

LAUREN A. ERNBERG Norwalk, 203-852-2715 HOSPITAL:: Norwalk Musculoskeletal Imaging, MRI

Cosmetic Dermatology, Medical Dermatology, Aging Skin, Acne & Rosacea

CHRISTOPHER P. FEY Greenwich Radiological Group Greenwich, 203-869-6220 HOSPITAL: Greenwich

DEBRA SUSAN WEISSMAN Dermatology Physicians of Connecticut Norwalk, 203-538-5682

DAVID R. GRUEN Stamford, 203-276-5958 HOSPITAL: Stamford

Acne & Rosacea, Melanoma Early Detection/Prevention, Skin Cancer & Moles, Botox Therapy

Alopecia Areata, Botox Therapy, Skin Cancer, Cosmetic Dermatology

RAND L. WERBITT Advanced Specialty Care Stamford, 203-325-2345

MARK I. OESTREICHER Adult & Pediatric Dermatology Specialists

GAIL B. WHITMAN Skin Care Physicians of Fairfield County Norwalk, 203-847-2400 HOSPITAL: Norwalk

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Trumbull, 203-377-0639

HOSPITAL: Bridgeport Skin Cancer, Hair Loss, Cosmetic Dermatology

Nuclear Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, MRI, CT Scan

Abdominal Imaging, Mammography-3D Digital, Women’s Imaging

LINDA LATRENTA Greenwich Radiological Group Greenwich, 203-869-6220 HOSPITAL: Greenwich Breast Imaging, Breast Cancer

RONALD P. LEE Norwalk, 203-852-2715 HOSPITAL: Norwalk MRI, CT Scan »


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MRI, CT Body Scan

DENISE I. PITTARO Advanced Radiology Consultants Shelton, 203-696-6125 HOSPITAL: St. Vincent’s Medical Center Neuroradiology

GIOIA J. RICCIO Fairfield, 203-683-4520 HOSPITAL: Bridgeport Women’s Imaging, Ultrasound, Mammography

EREZ SALIK Greenwich Radiological Group Greenwich, 203-869-6220 HOSPITAL: Greenwich

Interventional Radiology

ENDOCRINOLOGY, DIABETES & METABOLISM MARY ARDEN-CORDONE Westchester Health Northwell Physician Partners Stamford, 203-327-9321 Osteoporosis, Thyroid Disorders

DANIELLE P. BENAVIV-MESKIN Endocrine & Diabetes Specialists of CT Trumbull, 203-371-7048 HOSPITAL: Bridgeport Thyroid Disorders, Pituitary Disorders, Diabetes

JUDITH C. GOLDBERG-BERMAN Greenwich, 203-622-9160 HOSPITAL: Greenwich Thyroid Disorders, Osteoporosis, Diabetes

BISMRUTA MISRA Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-276-7213 HOSPITAL: Stamford Metabolic Bone Disorders, Reproductive Endocrinology, Neuroendocrinology, Diabetes

ANTONIO PANTALEO Westchester Health Northwell Physician Partners Stamford, 203-327-9321 Diabetic Vascular Disease Prevention, Diabetes, Thyroid Disorders

NANCY J. RENNERT Norwalk Community Health Center Norwalk, 203-899-1770 HOSPITAL: Norwalk Diabetes in Minority Populations, Thyroid Disorders, Endocrine Disorders in Pregnancy

GLENN RICH Fairfield County Medical Group Trumbull, 203-459-5100

Calcium Disorders, Diabetes

JOSEPH A. ROSA Endocrine & Diabetes Specialists of CT Trumbull, 203-371-7048 HOSPITAL: Bridgeport

Diabetes, Thyroid Disorders

ROBERT R. SAVINO Western Connecticut Medical Group Danbury, 203-794-5620 HOSPITAL: Danbury Diabetes, Hypogonadism-Male

DEBRA H. SCHUSSHEIM Soundview Medical Associates Norwalk, 203-838-4000 HOSPITAL: Norwalk

GLENN SIEGEL Soundview Medical Associates Norwalk, 203-838-4000 HOSPITAL: Norwalk POWLIMI SONI Soundview Medical Associates Norwalk, 203-838-4000 HOSPITAL: Norwalk

ALAN T. FALKOFF High Ridge Family Practice Stamford, 203-322-7070 HOSPITAL: Stamford

ANGELO MALLOZZI Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-977-2566 HOSPITAL: Stamford

MATTHEW M. FARRELL Nuvance Health Brookfield, 203-775-6365 HOSPITAL: Danbury

LESLIE R. MILLER Fairfield, 203-256-9905 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, St. Vincent’s Medical Center

COSMO FILIBERTO Northeast Medical Group Trumbull, 203-372-4065 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, St. Vincent’s Medical Center

SAMUEL STREIT Griffin Faculty Physicians Shelton, 203-929-7331 HOSPITAL: Griffin

Preventive Medicine

YI-HAO YU Northeast Medical Group Stamford, 203-863-3750 HOSPITALS: Greenwich, Yale New Haven Endocrinology, Diabetes, Obesity, Thyroid Disorders

FAMILY MEDICINE

Geriatric Medicine, Cholesterol/Lipid Disorders, Preventive Medicine, Aging

JAMES K. AHERN Drs. Ahern, Galban, Kim & Surace Ridgefield, 203-431-6342 HOSPITAL: Danbury

CAROL-ANN GALBAN Drs. Ahern, Galban, Kim & Surace Ridgefield, 203-431-6342 HOSPITAL: Danbury

JULIA AUERBACH Nuvance Health Brookfield, 203-775-6365

JOSHUA B. HERBERT Stamford, 203-276-4644 HOSPITAL: Stamford

STEVEN BENADERET Westport Family Medicine Westport, 203-221-3030 HOSPITAL: Bridgeport

Preventive Medicine

HELEN HAEKYUNG KIM Drs. Ahern, Galban, Kim & Surace Ridgefield, 203-431-6342 HOSPITAL: Danbury

TIMOTHY BOOKAS Soundview Medical Associates Norwalk, 203-838-4000 HOSPITAL:: Norwalk

LAWRENCE D. LEIBOWITZ Matrix Personalized Medicine New Canaan, 203-920-1772 HOSPITALS: Stamford, Danbury

THOMAS CIGNO Ridgefield, 203-244-7848 HOSPITAL: Danbury DOUGLAS DUCHEN Northeast Medical Group Trumbull, 203-372-4065 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, St. Vincent’s Medical Center

Preventive Medicine, Preventive Cardiology, Nutrition & Disease Prevention/Control, Integrative Medicine

Preventive Medicine

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ANN H. WILLIAMS Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-977-2566 HOSPITAL: Stamford

GASTROENTEROLOGY DAVID BARENBERG Western Connecticut Medical Group Danbury, 203-739-7038 HOSPITAL: Danbury HENRY G. BEECHER Gastroenterology Hepatology Associates Stamford, 203-348-5355 HOSPITAL: Stamford

Colon & Rectal Cancer Detection, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Biliary Disease

EMIL J. BLANCO Gastroenterology Associates of Fairfield County Fairfield, 203-292-9000 HOSPITAL: St. Vincent’s Medical Center Liver Disease, Gastrointestinal Cancer

BOSTON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL 300 Longwood Avenue Boston, 617-355-6000 childrenshospital.org BRIDGEPORT HOSPITAL 267 Grant Street Bridgeport, 203-384-3000 bridgeporthospital.org BRIDGEPORT HOSPITAL, MILFORD CAMPUS 300 Seaside Avenue Milford, 203-876-4000 milfordhospital.org

STEVEN L. BRANDWEIN Western Connecticut Medical Group Danbury, 203-739-7038 HOSPITAL: Danbury Pancreatic & Biliary Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Barrett’s Esophagus, Therapeutic Endoscopy

BRYAN J. BURNS Northeast Medical Group Trumbull, 203-459-4451 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, St. Vincent’s Medical Center

Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Barrett’s Esophagus, Cancer Genetics

GENA M. COBRIN Gastroenterology Associates of Fairfield County Fairfield, 203-292-9000 HOSPITAL: St. Vincent’s Medical Center Cancer Prevention, Colon Cancer, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

ROBERT M. DETTMER Gastroenterology Hepatology Associates Stamford, 203-348-5355 HOSPITAL: Stamford Endoscopy, Colonoscopy/ Polypectomy

JOSEPH FIORITO Western Connecticut Medical Group Danbury, 203-739-7038 HOSPITAL: Danbury STEVEN GORELICK Western Connecticut Medical Group Danbury, 203-739-7038 HOSPITAL: Danbury CLAUDIA B. GRUSS Western Connecticut Medical Group Wilton, 203-762-3353 HOSPITAL: Norwalk

CONNECTICUT CHILDREN’S MEDICAL CENTER 282 Washington Street Hartford, 860-545-9000 connecticutchildrens.org DANBURY HOSPITAL 24 Hospital Avenue Danbury, 866-374-0007 danburyhospital.org GREENWICH HOSPITAL 5 Perryridge Road Greenwich, 203-863-3000 greenwichhospital.org

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DAVID J. MULLEN Greenwich Radiological Group Greenwich, 203-869-6220 HOSPITAL: Greenwich


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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Colon Cancer Screening, Nutrition

WILLIAM B. HALE Norwalk Hospital, Gastroenterology Norwalk, 203-852-2278 HOSPITAL: Norwalk

Liver Disease, Gastrointestinal Disorders

SARAH A. KAHN Gastroenterology Hepatology Associates Stamford, 203-348-5355 HOSPITAL: Stamford Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome

NEDA KHAGHAN Center for Gastrointestinal Medicine of Fairfield & Westchester Greenwich, 203-489-6900 HOSPITAL: Greenwich Biliary Disease, Capsule Endoscopy, Pancreatic Cancer

CHUNWANG LAM Northeast Medical Group Trumbull, 203-459-4451 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, St. Vincent’s Medical Center

Colonoscopy/ Polypectomy, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Peptic Acid Disorders, Gastrointestinal Functional Disorders

GORDON LATZMAN Northeast Medical Group Trumbull, 203-459-4451 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, St. Vincent’s Medical Center Biliary Disease, Endoscopy, Ulcerative Colitis/ Crohn’s, Liver Disease

KENNETH R. MAUER Gastroenterology Associates of Fairfield County Fairfield, 203-292-9000 HOSPITAL: St. Vincent’s Medical Center Endoscopy, Inflammatory Bowel Disease/Crohn’s, Capsule Endoscopy, Colonoscopy

ALAN M. NELSON Gastroenterology Associates of Fairfield County Bridgeport, 203-374-4966

Swallowing Disorders, Endoscopy, Colon Cancer

MIECHELLE L. O’BRIEN Western Connecticut Medical Group Danbury, 203-739-7038 HOSPITAL: Danbury Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Inflammatory Bowel Disease/Crohn’s, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Nutrition

NEAL J. SCHAMBERG Center for Gastrointestinal Medicine of Fairfield & Westchester Greenwich, 203-489-6900 HOSPITAL: Greenwich Colon Cancer Screening, Colon Polyps & Cancer, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Radiofrequency Ablation

MICHAEL SCHIFFMAN Western Connecticut Medical Group Danbury, 203-739-7038 HOSPITAL: Danbury ALAN E. SELKIN Center for Gastrointestinal Medicine of Fairfield & Westchester Greenwich, 203-489-6900 HOSPITAL: Greenwich

GRIFFIN HOSPITAL 130 Division Street Derby, 203-735-7421 griffinhealth.org

MOUNT MOUNT SINAI SINAI HOSPITAL HOSPITAL 1190 1190 Fifth Fifth Avenue Avenue New York City, 212-241-6500 New York City, 212-241-6500 mountsinai.org mountsinai.org

HARTFORD HOSPITAL 80 Seymour Street Hartford, 860-545-5000 hartfordhospital.org

NEW MILFORD HOSPITAL NEW MILFORD HOSPITAL 21 Elm 21 Elm Street Street New Milford, 860-210-5000 New Milford, 860-210-5000 newmilfordhospital.org newmilfordhospital.org

MIDDLESEX HOSPITAL 28 Crescent Street Middletown, 860-358-6000 middlesexhealth.org

NEW NEW YORKYORKPRESBYTERIAN, PRESBYTERIAN, COLUMBIA COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY UNIVERSITY IRVING MEDICAL CENTER IRVING MEDICAL CENTER West 168th Street 622622 West 168th Street New York City, 212-305-2500 New York City, 212-305-2500 nyp.org/locations nyp.org/locations

Food Allergy, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Barrett’s Esophagus

Barrett’s Esophagus, Hepatitis-Chronic, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Inflammatory Bowel Disease/Crohn’s

FELICE R. ZWAS Center for Gastrointestinal Medicine of Fairfield & Westchester Greenwich, 203-489-6900 HOSPITAL: Greenwich

AMY E. SMITHLINE Gastroenterology Hepatology Associates Stamford, 203-348-5355 HOSPITAL: Stamford Inflammatory Bowel Disease/Crohn’s, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Celiac Disease, Swallowing Disorders

Women’s Health, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Colonoscopy, AIDS/HIV-Gastrointestinal Complications

GREGORY N. SOLOWAY Northeast Medical Group Gastroenterology Associates Stratford, 203-375-1200 HOSPITALS: Yale New Haven, Bridgeport

GERIATRIC MEDICINE VIVIAN ARGENTO Bridgeport Hospital, Center for Geriatrics Trumbull, 203-384-3388 HOSPITAL: Bridgeport

Colon Cancer Screening, Barrett’s Esophagus, Clostridium Difficile Disease, Endoscopic Therapies

Memory Disorders, Mood Disorders, Frail Elderly, Palliative Care

MITHIL CHOKSEY Bridgeport Hospital, Center for Geriatrics Trumbull, 203-384-3388 HOSPITAL: Bridgeport

JULIE E. SPIVACK Gastroenterology Associates of Fairfield County Fairfield, 203-292-9000 HOSPITAL: St. Vincent’s Medical Center

House Calls, Frail Elderly, Dementia, Palliative Care

Liver Disease, Colonoscopy, Women’s Health, Hepatitis C

STEPHEN G. JONES Greenwich Hospital, Primary Care Greenwich, 203-863-3308 HOSPITALS: Greenwich, Yale New Haven

STUART WALDSTREICHER Gastroenterology Consultants Stamford, 203-967-2100 HOSPITAL: Stamford

Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia

GERIATRIC PSYCHIATRY

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Inflammatory Bowel Disease/Crohn’s, Endoscopy, Celiac Disease

NEIL P. DOLAN Bridgeport, 203-384-3897 HOSPITAL: Bridgeport

THOMAS P. WHELAN ProHealth Physicians Bethel, 203-791-2221 HOSPITAL: Danbury

Cognitive Loss in Aging, Anxiety & Depression, Depression in the Elderly

NORWALK HOSPITAL 34 Maple Street Norwalk, 203-852-2000 norwalkhospital.org

NEW YORKPRESBYTERIAN, MORGAN STANLEY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL 3959 Broadway New York City, 212-305-5437 nyp.org/morganstanley

NYU LANGONE TISCH HOSPITAL 550 First Avenue New York City, 212-263-5800 nyulangone.org

NEW YORKPRESBYTERIAN, WEILL CORNELL MEDICAL CENTER 525 East 68th Street New York City, 212-746-5454 nyp.org/locations

SAINT MARY’S HOSPITAL TRINITY HEALTH 56 Franklin Street Waterbury,

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GYNECOLOGIC ONCOLOGY KAREN J. NISHIDA Gynecologic Cancer Care Stamford, 203-998-0848 HOSPITALS: Stamford, Greenwich Cervical Cancer, Uterine Cancer, Robotic Surgery, Fertility Preservation in Cancer

HAND SURGERY HENRY A. BACKE JR. Orthopaedic Specialty Group Fairfield, 203-337-2600 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, St. Vincent’s Medical Center Upper Extremity Surgery, Sports Injuries, Joint Reconstruction

JOSEPH DIGIOVANNI OrthoConnecticut Danbury, 203-797-1500 HOSPITAL: Danbury

Hand & Wrist Surgery, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Nerve Compression, Arthritis

JOHN D. DOWDLE Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-276-2277 HOSPITAL: Stamford Hand & Wrist Surgery, Elbow Surgery

HAIK G. KAVOOKJIAN Stamford, 203-358-0661 HOSPITALS: Stamford, Norwalk Hand & Wrist Surgery, Arthritis-Hand, Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, Dupuytren’s Contracture

JOHN G. LUNT OrthoConnecticut Danbury, 203-797-1500 HOSPITAL: Danbury Hand & Upper Extremity

203-709-6000 stmh.org SILVER HILL HOSPITAL 208 Valley Road New Canaan, 866-542-4455 silverhillhospital.org STAMFORD HOSPITAL One Hospital Plaza Stamford, 203-276-1000 stamfordhospital.org ST. VINCENT’S MEDICAL CENTER 2800 Main Street

Surgery, Nerve Compression, Nerve Disorders/Surgery, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

THOMAS A. RAGO Connecticut Hand & Upper Extremity Center Bridgeport, 203-374-5892 HOSPITALS: St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Bridgeport

Arthritis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Arthroscopic Surgery, Hand & Wrist Surgery

MARK VITALE Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists Greenwich, 203-869-1145 HOSPITAL: Greenwich

Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery, Wrist Surgery, Arthritis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

HEMATOLOGY MICHAEL H. BAR Stamford Hospital, Bennett Cancer Center Stamford, 203-276-2695 HOSPITAL: Stamford Multiple Myeloma, Leukemia & Lymphoma, Bleeding/Coagulation Disorders, Gaucher Disease

E. ANDREW DUDA Medical Specialists of Fairfield Fairfield, 203-382-2485 HOSPITAL: St. Vincent’s Medical Center Leukemia & Lymphoma

DAVID H. WITT Yale New Haven, Smilow Cancer Care Trumbull, 203-502-8400 HOSPITAL: Yale New Haven »

Bridgeport, 203-576-6000 stvincents.org

WESTCHESTER MEDICAL CENTER 100 Woods Road Valhalla, New York 914-493-7000 wcmc.com

YALE NEW HAVEN HOSPITAL 20 York Street New Haven, 203-688-4242 ynhh.org


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HOSPICE & PALLIATIVE MEDICINE MARINA L. BLAGODATNY Bridgeport Hospital, Center for Geriatrics Trumbull, 203-384-3388 HOSPITAL: Bridgeport House Calls, Dementia, Cognitive Loss in Aging, Wound Care

INFECTIOUS DISEASE RALPH J. CIPRIANI Glenville Medical Concierge Care Greenwich, 203-531-1808 HOSPITALS: Greenwich, Stamford

New Milford

Viral Infections

LYNDA STREETT Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-353-1427 HOSPITAL: Stamford Lyme Disease, Tick-borne Diseases, Staphylococcal Infections

INTERNAL MEDICINE ROBERT A. ALTBAUM Internal Medicine Associates of Westport Westport, 203-226-0731 HOSPITALS: Norwalk, Danbury Preventive Cardiology, Preventive Medicine

Lyme Disease, Fevers of Unknown Origin

BARDIA ASGARI Primary Care Shelton Shelton, 203-225-0506

GAVIN X. MCLEOD Greenwich Hospital, Infectious Disease Greenwich, 203-869-8838 HOSPITALS: Greenwich, Stamford

DAVID H. BAUM Concierge Physicians of Westport Westport, 203-571-3000 HOSPITAL: Norwalk

AIDS/HIV, Travel Medicine, Hospital Acquired Infections, Endocarditis

PAUL F. NEE Western Connecticut Medical Group Danbury, 203-739-8310 HOSPITALS: Danbury, New Milford

AIDS/HIV, Travel Medicine, Bone/Joint Infections

MICHAEL F. PARRY Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford 203-353-1427 HOSPITAL: Stamford

Antibiotic Resistance, Pneumonia, Lyme Disease

JAMES R. SABETTA Greenwich Hospital, Infectious Disease Greenwich, 203-863-3270 HOSPITALS: Greenwich, Stamford Lyme Disease, Bone/Joint Infections, Travel Medicine

ZANE K. SAUL Internal Medicine & Infectious Disease Associates Stratford, 203-383-4466 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, Milford Lyme Disease, AIDS/HIV, Travel Medicine, Diabetic Leg/Foot Infections

GARY S. SCHLEITER Western Connecticut Medical Group Danbury, 203-739-8310 HOSPITALS: Danbury,

Geriatric Medicine, Preventive Medicine

JAMES J. BIVONA Stamford Primary Care Stamford, 203-325-2667 HOSPITAL: Stamford Preventive Medicine

FRANK ANGELO CIMINIELLO Northeast Medical Group Trumbull, 203-374-6162 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, St. Vincent’s Medical Center JOSEPH V. COSTANZO Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-348-9455 HOSPITAL: Stamford Preventive Medicine

CAROLYN COUTURE Stamford Health Medical Group Wilton, 203-276-4015 HOSPITAL: Stamford Preventive Medicine

ALLEN DAVIS ProHealth Physicians Danbury, 203-790-4511 HOSPITAL: Danbury CHRISTOPHER M. EDELMANN Greenwich, 203-869-0502 HOSPITAL: Greenwich Concierge Medicine

HOWARD EISON Alliance Norwalk, 203-838-7400

HOSPITALS: Norwalk, New York-Pres Weill Cornell

Stamford, 203-327-1187

HOSPITAL: Stamford Preventive Medicine

Preventive Medicine, Preventive Cardiology, Complex Diagnosis, Concierge Medicine

NINA S. KAROL Concierge Physicians of Westport Westport, 203-571-3000 HOSPITAL: Norwalk

STEVEN A. FISHER Fairfield County Medical Group Trumbull, 203-459-5100

Preventive Medicine, Diabetes, Obesity, Weight Management

Preventive Medicine

MELANIE KELTON Old Greenwich Medical Group Old Greenwich, 203-637-5406 HOSPITAL: Greenwich

VERNETTA D. GALLOP Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-359-4444 HOSPITAL: Stamford

Preventive Medicine, Women’s Health

SARAH MILDRED GAMBLE Greenwich Pure Medical Greenwich, 203-869-2800 HOSPITALS: Greenwich, Stamford

DONALD J. LEONE Western Connecticut Medical Group Wilton, 203-762-3353 HOSPITALS: Norwalk, Danbury Diabetes, Hypertension, Bronchitis, Asthma

Preventive Medicine, Concierge Medicine

SANDRA LITHGOW Greenwich Partners Greenwich, 203-625-0333 HOSPITALS: Greenwich, Stamford

STEVEN L. GLAZER Norwalk, 203-852-1300 HOSPITALS: Norwalk, St. Vincent’s Medical Center

Preventive Medicine, Nutrition, Concierge Medicine

Complex Diagnosis, Preventive Medicine, House Calls, Concierge Medicine

FRANKLIN LORIA Stamford, 203-863-3671 HOSPITAL: Greenwich

PETER G. HASAPIS New Canaan Medical Groups New Canaan, 203-972-4218 HOSPITALS: Norwalk, Stamford

STEVEN P. MICKLEY Glenville Medical Concierge Care Greenwich, 203-531-1808 HOSPITAL:: Greenwich

Preventive Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Cancer Prevention, Concierge Medicine

Preventive Medicine, Cholesterol/Lipid Disorders, Concierge Medicine, Preventive Cardiology

PAMELA B. HOFFMAN Geriatric Professional Group Bridgeport, 203-365-6473 HOSPITALS: St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Bridgeport

CHARLES MINER III Stamford Health Medical Group Darien, 203-655-8749 HOSPITALS: Stamford, Norwalk

Geriatric Medicine, Preventive Medicine

Preventive Medicine, Concierge Medicine

JAY A. HORN Internal Medicine Associates of Westport Westport, 203-226-0731 HOSPITALS: Norwalk, Danbury

CALEB MOORE Greenwich Partners Greenwich, 203-625-0333 HOSPITALS: Greenwich, Stamford

Preventive Medicine

Concierge Medicine

RICHARD G. HUNTLEY JR. Westmed Medical Group Norwalk, 203-845-4800 HOSPITAL: Norwalk

STEVEN MURPHY Diagnostic & Medical Specialists Greenwich, 203-658-6051 HOSPITAL: Greenwich Cancer Prevention, Obesity, Allergy & Immunology, Preventive Medicine

SHARA P. ISRAEL Stamford Health Medical Group

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KEN J. NORI Northeast Medical Group Trumbull, 203-374-6162 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, St. Vincent’s Medical Center CRAIG H. OLIN Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-276-4644 HOSPITAL: Stamford Concierge Medicine

DAVID PAZER ProHealth Family Medical Associates Ridgefield, 203-438-0874 HOSPITAL: Danbury STEVEN E. PHILLIPS Wilton, 203-544-0005

Lyme Disease, Tick-borne Diseases

JAYNE PINCUS Old Greenwich Medical Group Old Greenwich, 203-637-5406 HOSPITAL: Greenwich Women’s Health, Preventive Medicine

IOANA S. PREDA Northeast Medical Group Trumbull, 203-374-6162 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, St. Vincent’s Medical Center JEFFREY S. PUGLISI Glenville Medical Concierge Care Greenwich, 203-531-1808 HOSPITAL: Greenwich

Preventive Cardiology, Men’s Health, Concierge Medicine

ALAN M. RADIN Western Connecticut Medical Group Wilton, 203-762-3353 HOSPITAL: Norwalk Geriatric Medicine, Preventive Medicine

REMI M. ROSENBERG Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-276-4644 HOSPITAL: Stamford Preventive Medicine

BURTON RUBIN Old Greenwich Medical Group Old Greenwich, 203-637-5406 HOSPITAL: Greenwich JAMES SAMUEL Westmed Medical Group Norwalk, 203-845-4800 HOSPITAL: Norwalk

CRAIG D. SERIN Western Connecticut Medical Group Wilton, 203-762-3353 HOSPITAL: Norwalk Preventive Medicine

LEE TRACY SILVA Stamford Primary Care Stamford, 203-325-2667 HOSPITAL: Stamford Hospital JAMES A. SLATER The New Canaan Medical Groups New Canaan, 203-972-4215 HOSPITAL: Norwalk Preventive Medicine, Concierge Medicine

FREDERICK B. SLOGOFF Personal Physicians of Connecticut Stamford, 203-968-9500 HOSPITAL: Stamford Concierge Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Anxiety & Mood Disorders, Complex Diagnosis

NEIL E. SMERLING Primary Care Physicians of Fairfield Fairfield, 203-259-7442 HOSPITALS: St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Bridgeport Preventive Medicine

FRANK SPANO Fairfield County Medical Group Trumbull, 203-459-5100 Preventive Medicine

MAURA SPARKS Stamford Health Medical Group Wilton, 203-276-4015 HOSPITAL: Stamford SHIELA V. SUBRAMANIAN Internal Medicine of New Canaan New Canaan, 203-972-4205 HOSPITAL: Norwalk Concierge Medicine

BYRON S. THOMAS Western Connecticut Medical Group Danbury, 203-749-5700 HOSPITAL: Danbury Geriatric Medicine

JOSEPH TORTORELLO Northeast Medical Group Trumbull, 203-374-6162 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, St. Vincent’s Medical Center CATHRINE TROY Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-327-1187 HOSPITAL: Stamford Osteoporosis


FAIRFIELD COUNTY’S TOP DOCTORS 2020

SHIRA B. VADEL Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-327-1187 HOSPITAL: Stamford Preventive Medicine, Women’s Health

JULIA VOYTOVICH New Canaan Personal Medicine New Canaan, 203-972-4204 HOSPITALS: Norwalk, Stamford Concierge Medicine

FRANCIS X. WALSH Walsh-Brunetti Cos Cob, 203-661-9433 HOSPITAL: Greenwich Kidney Disease, Hypertension, Dialysis Care, Diabetes

REBECCA LIPTON WARKOL Old Greenwich Medical Group Old Greenwich, 203-637-5406 HOSPITAL: Greenwich Women’s Health, Preventive Medicine, Nutrition & Cancer Prevention/Control

LU YU Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-977-2566 HOSPITAL: Stamford

INTERVENTIONAL CARDIOLOGY MITCHELL H. DRIESMAN Cardiac Specialists of Fairfield Fairfield, 203-292-2000 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, Milford Cardiac Catheterization, Clinical Trials, Angioplasty & Stent Placement, Heart Valve Disease

ROBERT F. FISHMAN Cardiac Specialists of Fairfield Fairfield, 203-292-2000 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, Milford Coronary Angioplasty/ Stents, Coronary Artery Disease, Peripheral Vascular Disease, Cardiac Catheterization

CHRISTOPHER J. HOWES Northeast Medical Group Greenwich, 203-863-4210 HOSPITALS: Greenwich, Yale New Haven Angioplasty & Stent Placement, Echocardiography, Cardiac Catheterization, Heart Attack

ROBERT D. JUMPER Cardiology Physicians of Fairfield County Trumbull, 203-445-7093 HOSPITAL: St. Vincent’s Medical Center Peripheral Vascular Disease, Nuclear Cardiology, Echocardiography

MARC Z. KRICHAVSKY Cardiac Specialists Danbury, 203-794-0090 HOSPITALS: Danbury, Bridgeport Aortic Valve Replacement, Angioplasty & Stent Placement, Peripheral Vascular Disease, Non-Invasive Cardiology

CHARLES LANDAU Northeast Medical Group Trumbull, 203-333-8800 HOSPITALS: St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Bridgeport Cardiac Catheterization, Angioplasty & Stent Placement

DAVID LORENZ Cardiology Physicians of Fairfield County Norwalk, 203-845-2160 HOSPITALS: Norwalk, St. Vincent’s Medical Center VICTOR M. MEJIA Trumbull, 203-333-8800 HOSPITALS: St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Bridgeport Coronary Artery Disease, Peripheral Vascular Disease

THOMAS J. NERO Cardiology Physicians of Fairfield County Stamford, 203-353-1133 HOSPITALS: Stamford, St. Vincent’s Medical Center

Coronary Artery Disease-Complex, Aortic Valve Replacement, Sports Medicine-Cardiology, Preventive Cardiology

EDWARD L. PORTNAY Cardiology Physicians of Fairfield County Stamford, 203-353-1133 HOSPITALS: Stamford, St. Vincent’s Medical Center Heart Attack

JARED G. SELTER Cardiology Physicians of Fairfield County Trumbull, 203-445-7093 HOSPITAL: St. Vincent’s Medical Center Nuclear Cardiology, Peripheral Vascular Disease, Preventive Cardiology

CAROLINE STELLA Northeast Medical Group Greenwich, 203-863-3674 HOSPITAL: Greenwich

MARK K. WARSHOFSKY Western Connecticut Medical Group Danbury, 203-739-7436 HOSPITALS: Danbury, Norwalk

Fetal Diagnosis, Fetal Ultrasound/Obstetrical Imaging, Amniocentesis, Hypertension in Pregnancy

Coronary Artery Disease, Heart Valve Disease, Interventional Cardiology

ROBERT J. STILLER Park Avenue Perinatal Specialists Bridgeport, 203-384-3544 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, Yale New Haven

MATERNAL & FETAL MEDICINE DIANA M. ADAMS Northeast Medical Group Greenwich, 203-863-3674 HOSPITAL: Greenwich

Prenatal Diagnosis, Ultrasound, Pregnancy-High Risk, Infectious Disease in Pregnancy

Perinatal Medicine

PAUL D. BOBBY Stamford Hospital, Maternal and Fetal Medicine Stamford, 203-276-7060 HOSPITAL: Stamford

MEDICAL ONCOLOGY ANNE H. ANGEVINE Stamford Hospital, Bennett Cancer Center Stamford, 203-276-2695 HOSPITAL: Stamford

Pregnancy-High Risk, Prenatal Diagnosis

WILLIAM CUSICK Bridgeport, 475-210-6201 HOSPITAL: St. Vincent’s Medical Center GINA A. DUNSTON-BOONE Park Avenue Perinatal Specialists Bridgeport, 203-384-3544 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, Yale New Haven

Breast Cancer, Lung Cancer, Colon Cancer, Leukemia & Lymphoma

ROBERT A. KLOSS Western Connecticut Medical Group Danbury, 203-739-7029 HOSPITALS: Danbury, New Milford

Prematurity/Low Birth Weight Infants

NEPHROLOGY ERIC Y. BROWN Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-324-7666 HOSPITAL: Stamford

BRENDA S. CHAN Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-324-7666 HOSPITAL: Stamford

STEVEN A. LAIFER Park Avenue Perinatal Specialists Bridgeport, 203-384-3544 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, Yale New Haven

BEVERLY J. DRUCKER Yale New Haven, Smilow Cancer Care Greenwich, 203-863-3737 HOSPITALS: Greenwich, Yale New Haven Breast Cancer, Head & Neck Cancer, Colon & Rectal Cancer, Clinical Trials

NEAL A. FISCHBACH Yale New Haven, Smilow Cancer Care Fairfield, 203-502-8400 HOSPITALS: Yale New Haven, St. Vincent’s Medical Center

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STYLIANOS N. THEOFANIDIS Greenwich Hospital, Neonatology Greenwich, 203-863-3515 HOSPITAL: Greenwich

Neonatal Care, Prematurity/Low Birth Weight Infants

MERLIN SUNG LEE Yale New Haven, Smilow Cancer Care Greenwich, 203-863-3737 HOSPITALS: Greenwich, Yale New Haven

Pregnancy-High Risk, Genetic Disorders, Ultrasound, Amniocentesis

Pregnancy-High Risk, Prenatal Diagnosis

DICKERMAN HOLLISTER JR. Yale New Haven, Smilow Cancer Care Greenwich, 203-863-3737 HOSPITALS: Greenwich, Yale New Haven

Lymphoma, Pancreatic Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Lung Cancer

D. BARRY BOYD Northeast Medical Group Greenwich, 203-863-4610 HOSPITALS: Greenwich, Yale New Haven

SANDHYA DHANJAL Medical Specialists of Fairfield Fairfield, 203-382-2485 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, St. Vincent’s Medical Center

TRACY SHEVELL Stamford Hospital, Maternal and Fetal Medicine Stamford, 203-276-7060 HOSPITAL: Stamford

GERALD B. RAKOS Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-276-7083 HOSPITAL: Stamford

Leukemia, Lymphoma

Lung Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Melanoma, Colon Cancer

Prenatal Diagnosis, Pregnancy-High Risk

RICHARD C. FRANK Western Connecticut Medical Group Norwalk, 203-845-4811 HOSPITAL: Norwalk

Kidney Disease-Chronic, Glomerulonephritis, Anemia in Chronic Kidney Disease, Hypertension

SALVATORE A. DELPRETE Stamford, 203-276-2695 HOSPITAL: Stamford

GARY ELEAZAR KLEINMAN Park Avenue Perinatal Specialists Bridgeport, 203-384-3544 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, Yale New Haven

NEONATALPERINATAL MEDICINE

Breast Cancer, Colon Cancer, Lung Cancer

Nutrition & Cancer, Cancer Prevention, Hematologic Malignancies, Breast Cancer

Amniocentesis, Multiple Gestation, Diabetes in Pregnancy, Obstetric Ultrasound

Breast Cancer, Lung Cancer, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Lymphoma

Breast Cancer, Bleeding/ Coagulation Disorders, Leukemia

Dialysis Care, Kidney Failure, Lupus Nephritis, Glomerulonephritis

K.M. STEVE LO Stamford Hospital, Bennett Cancer Center Stamford, 203-276-2695 HOSPITAL: Stamford

AARON MATTHEW DOMMU Nephrology Associates Bridgeport, 203-335-0195 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, St. Vincent’s Medical Center

Breast Cancer, Lymphoma, Multiple Myeloma, Brain Tumors

JERRY P. MALEFATTO Yale New Haven, Smilow Cancer Care Trumbull, 203-502-8400 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, St. Vincent’s Medical Center Breast Cancer, Colon Cancer, Lymphoma

PAUL L. WEINSTEIN Stamford Hospital, Bennett Cancer Center Stamford, 203-276-2695 HOSPITAL: Stamford Breast Cancer, Lung Cancer, Colon Cancer

RICHARD S. ZELKOWITZ Western Connecticut Medical Group Norwalk, 203-845-4811 HOSPITAL: Norwalk Breast Cancer

IRWIN D. FEINTZEIG Nephrology Associates Bridgeport, 203-335-0195 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, St. Vincent’s Medical Center

Hypertension, Dialysis Care, Kidney Failure-Acute, Fluid/Electrolyte Balance

JAMES GAVIN Nephrology Associates Bridgeport, 203-335-0195 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, St. Vincent’s Medical Center Dialysis Care, Kidney Disease-Acute, Kidney Failure, Kidney Failure-Acute

RICHARD T. GERVASI Westmed Medical Group Norwalk, 203-845-4800 HOSPITAL: Norwalk »


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WILLIAM H. HINES Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-324-7666 HOSPITAL: Stamford Dialysis Care, Hypertension

WILLIAM A. HUNT Nephrology Associates Bridgeport, 203-335-0195 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, St. Vincent’s Medical Center Dialysis Care, Kidney Failure-Acute

ROBERT KIM Nephrology Associates Bridgeport, 203-335-0195 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, Griffin PAUL NUSSBAUM Nephrology Associates Bridgeport, 203-335-0195 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, Griffin

NEUROLOGICAL SURGERY PAUL J. APOSTOLIDES Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists Greenwich, 203-869-1145 HOSPITALS: Greenwich, Stamford Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery, Spinal Reconstructive Surgery

MARK H. CAMEL Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists Greenwich, 203-869-1145 HOSPITAL: Greenwich

Brain Tumors, Spinal Surgery, Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery, Brain Injury

ANDREA F. DOUGLAS Stamford Health Medical Group Greenwich, 203-661-3333 HOSPITALS: Greenwich, Stamford Spinal Cord Surgery, Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery, Spinal Stenosis

AMORY J. FIORE Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists Greenwich, 203-869-1145 HOSPITALS: Greenwich, Stamford Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery, Spinal Stenosis, Spinal Surgery-Complex, Spinal Tumors

JUDITH L. GORELICK Neurosurgery, Orthopaedics & Spine Specialists Shelton, 203-553-9666 HOSPITALS: Griffin, St. Mary’s

GARY A. ZIMMERMAN Orthopaedic Specialty Group Fairfield, 203-337-2600 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, St. Vincent’s Medical Center

KENNETH I. LIPOW Connecticut Neurosurgical Specialists Bridgeport, 203-384-4500 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, St. Vincent’s Medical Center

NEUROLOGY

Spinal Surgery, Brain Tumors

Spinal Surgery, Brain Tumors, Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery, Aneurysm

ABRAHAM MINTZ Trumbull, 203-372-6460 HOSPITALS: St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Bridgeport

Brain Tumors, Pituitary Surgery, Neuro-Oncology, Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery

SCOTT P. SANDERSON Neurosurgical Associates of Southwestern CT Norwalk, 203-853-0003 HOSPITALS: Danbury, Norwalk Spinal Cord Injury, Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery, Spinal Reconstructive Surgery, Brain & Spinal Cord Tumors

SYED J. SHAHID Neurosurgical Associates of Southwestern CT Norwalk, 203-853-0003 HOSPITALS: Danbury, Norwalk Brain Tumors, Spinal Surgery, Spinal Tumors

PERRY A. SHEAR Orthopaedic Specialty Group Fairfield, 203-337-2600 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, St. Vincent’s Medical Center Spinal Surgery, Pituitary Tumors, Cerebrovascular Surgery, Vascular Neurosurgery

SCOTT L. SIMON Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists Stamford, 203-869-1145 HOSPITALS: Greenwich, Stamford

Spinal Surgery, Scoliosis, Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery

Stamford, 203-276-4464 HOSPITAL: Stamford

Seizure Disorders, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Memory Disorders

ALICE H. RUSK Yale Medicine Greenwich, 203-863-4490 HOSPITAL: Greenwich

Spinal Surgery, Cerebrovascular Surgery, Brain Tumors

Movement Disorders, Parkinson’s Disease, Dystonia, Huntington’s Disease

ROBERT BONWETSCH Associated Neurologists Danbury, 203-748-2551 HOSPITAL: Danbury

DARYL R. STORY Neurology Associates of Norwalk Norwalk, 203-853-5000 HOSPITAL: Norwalk

Epilepsy

JAMES B. BUTLER Neurological Specialists Stratford, 203-377-5988 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, Griffin

Stroke, Headache, Memory Disorders, Movement Disorders

Headache, Migraine, Huntington’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis

JENNIFER WERELY Neurology & Headache Center of Greenwich Greenwich, 203-900-4226 HOSPITAL: St. Vincent’s Medical Center

NEIL CULLIGAN Associated Neurologists Danbury, 203-748-2551 HOSPITAL: Danbury

Headache

Concussion, Stroke

DARIO M. ZAGAR Associated Neurologists of Southern CT Fairfield, 203-333-1133 HOSPITALS: St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Milford

LOUIS J. CUZZONE Neurology Associates of Norwalk Norwalk, 203-853-5000 HOSPITAL: Norwalk

Migraine, Electromyography (EMG)

Headache

DAVID GRECO Associated Neurologists Danbury, 203-748-2551 HOSPITAL: Danbury

NEURORADIOLOGY MARK A. ROSOVSKY Advanced Radiology Consultants Shelton, 203-337-9729 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, St. Vincent’s Medical Center

Multiple Sclerosis

JEFFREY L. GROSS Associated Neurologists of Southern CT Fairfield, 203-333-1133 HOSPITALS: St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Milford

MRI, Cardiac CT Angiography

SCOTT J. SULLIVAN Greenwich Hospital, Radiology Greenwich, 203-863-4710 HOSPITAL: Greenwich

Multiple Sclerosis

CHARISSE D. LITCHMAN Yale Medicine Stamford, 866-470-9253 HOSPITAL: Yale New Haven

Cardiac CT Angiography

OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY

Headache, Multiple Sclerosis, Epilepsy, Stroke

ROXANNE C. ABDER Women’s Health Care of Trumbull Trumbull, 203-374-1018 HOSPITAL: Bridgeport

PETER J. MCALLISTER New England Institute for Neurology & Headache Stamford, 203-914-1900

THOMAS V. AYOUB Women’s Health Care of New England Norwalk, 203-644-1100 HOSPITAL: Norwalk

Headache, Concussion, Multiple Sclerosis, ADD/ADHD

LOUISE D. RESOR Stamford Health Medical Group

Menopause Problems, Hormonal Disorders, Endometriosis

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GARY STEVEN BESSER Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates Stamford, 203-325-4321 HOSPITALS: Stamford, Greenwich Minimally Invasive Surgery, Urogynecology, Pelvic Surgery, Robotic Surgery

EMILY E. BLAIR OB/GYN of Fairfield County Fairfield, 203-256-3990 HOSPITAL: Bridgeport Pregnancy-High Risk

PATRICK J. CAHILL Coastal Obstetrics & Gynecology Stamford, 203-353-9099 HOSPITAL: Stamford

Robotic Surgery, Uterine Fibroids, Endometriosis

RONIKA D. CHOUDHARY Women’s Obstetrics & Gynecology Trumbull, 203-268-2239 HOSPITAL: Bridgeport Pregnancy, Obstetrics, Integrative Medicine, Women’s Health

JOSEPH A. CUTERI Shelton OB/GYN Shelton, 203-929-9000 HOSPITAL: Bridgeport Pregnancy-High Risk, Colposcopy, Ultrasound

ROBERT CAMPBELL DEAL Women’s Health Care Trumbull, 203-880-5556 HOSPITAL: Bridgeport Laparoscopic Surgery, Menopause Problems, Robotic Surgery

LESLIE A. DONOVAN Brookside Gynecology Greenwich, 203-869-7080 HOSPITAL: Greenwich

Menopause Problems, Pap Smear Abnormalities, Vulvar Disease, Gynecology Only

LEONARD FERRUCCI Ferrucci, Ferrucci & Morris Stamford, 203-325-4665 HOSPITALS: Stamford, Norwalk Menstrual Disorders, Pregnancy, Endometriosis

VITO FERRUCCI Ferrucci, Ferrucci & Morris Stamford, 203-325-4665 HOSPITALS: Stamford, Norwalk CAROLINE F. FILOR Brookside Gynecology Greenwich, 203-869-7080

HOSPITAL: Greenwich Uterine Fibroids, PainPelvic, Gynecology Only, Endometriosis

LEILA J. GARRETT Greenwich Gynecology Greenwich, 203-869-8353 HOSPITAL: Greenwich Menopause Problems, Pap Smear Abnormalities, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Adolescent Gynecology

SHIEVA L. GHOFRANY Coastal Obstetrics & Gynecology Stamford, 203-353-9099 HOSPITAL: Stamford Menopause Problems, Women’s Health over age 40, Pregnancy

DONNA J. HAGBERG Cos Cob, 203-742-1150 HOSPITAL: Greenwich

Gynecology Only, Pap Smear Abnormalities, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Vulvar & Vaginal Disorders

MARY BETH HARMAN Women’s Health Care of Trumbull Trumbull, 203-374-1018 HOSPITAL: Bridgeport EDWARD JACOBSON Greenwich Gynecology Greenwich, 203-869-8353 HOSPITAL: Greenwich Gynecology Only, Hormonal Disorders, Vaginal Reconstruction, Menopause Problems

IRENE I. KOMARYNSKY Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-325-9920 HOSPITAL: Stamford Maternal & Fetal Medicine, Pregnancy-High Risk, Prenatal Diagnosis

JOHN A. MORRIS Ferrucci, Ferrucci & Morris Stamford, 203-325-4665 HOSPITALS: Stamford, Norwalk MICHELE M. ROHR Brookside Gynecology Greenwich, 203-869-7080 HOSPITAL: Greenwich

Pelvic Reconstruction, Pap Smear Abnormalities, Laparoscopic Surgery, Vulvar & Vaginal Disorders

MICHAEL D. SCHECHTER Westmed Medical Group Greenwich, 203-210-2880 »


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FAIRFIELD COUNTY’S TOP DOCTORS 2020

HOSPITAL: Greenwich Pregnancy-High Risk, Laparoscopic Surgery, Gynecologic Surgery

HELENA T. SQUICCIARINI Women’s Health Care of Trumbull Trumbull, 203-374-1018 HOSPITAL: Bridgeport MARJORIE SZETO Physicians for Women’s Health Westport, 203-227-5125 HOSPITAL: Norwalk Pregnancy-High Risk, Premature Labor, Prenatal Diagnosis

MARINA C. TORBEY Women’s Health Care of Trumbull Trumbull, 203-374-1018 HOSPITAL: Bridgeport Gynecology Only

RUSSELL F. TURK Riverside Obstetrics & Gynecology Riverside, 203-637-3337 HOSPITAL: Stamford

Hysteroscopic Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery-Complex, Vulvar & Vaginal Disorders, Pregnancy-High Risk

JAY H. UGOL Women’s Health Care of New England Norwalk, 203-644-1100 HOSPITAL: Norwalk

Pregnancy, Endometriosis, Uterine Fibroids

CATERINA VIOLI Obstetrics & Gynecology For Women-By Women Greenwich, 203-861-9586 HOSPITAL: Greenwich Endometriosis, Pregnancy-High Risk, Laparoscopic Surgery-Complex, Menopause Problems

OPHTHALMOLOGY BRUCE S. ALTMAN Connecticut Eye Consultants Danbury, 203-791-2020 HOSPITALS: Danbury, Yale New Haven Glaucoma, Cataract Surgery

JOSEPH L. CONWAY JR. Greenwich Ophthalmology Associates Stamford, 203-869-3082 HOSPITALS: Greenwich, Stamford Oculoplastic Surgery, Dry Eye Syndrome, Tear Duct Problems

ARMAND J. DACCACHE Connecticut Eye Consultants

Danbury, 203-791-2020 HOSPITALS: Danbury, Yale New Haven

Retinal Disorders, Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Eye Disease/Retinopathy

BRIAN M. DEBROFF Yale Ophthalmology Stratford, 203-375-5819 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, Yale New Haven

HOSPITALS: Norwalk, NY-Pres Columbia Glaucoma, Cataract Surgery

SURESH MANDAVA Greenwich Ophthalmology Associates Stamford, 203-869-3082 HOSPITALS: Greenwich, Stamford

Cataract Surgery, Cataract-Pediatric, Anterior Segment Surgery, Trauma

LASIK-Refractive Surgery, Cataract Surgery, Cornea Transplant, Cornea & External Eye Disease

LESLIE C. DOCTOR Doctor & Associates Westport, 203-227-4113 HOSPITAL: Norwalk

DELIA M. MANJONEY Bridgeport, 203-576-6500 HOSPITAL: St. Vincent’s Medical Center

Cataract Surgery, LASIK-Refractive Surgery, Corneal Disease, Intraocular Lens Replacement

SHELLEY K. DRIESMAN Ophthalmic Surgeons Of Greater Bridgeport Fairfield, 203-371-0141 HOSPITAL: Bridgeport Cataract Surgery, Contact Lenses, Glaucoma, Laser Surgery

JOAN T. GEWIRTZ Stamford, 203-348-0868 HOSPITAL: Stamford

Glaucoma, Dry Eye Syndrome, Diabetic Eye Disease/Retinopathy, Macular Degeneration

GINA F. GLADSTEIN Greenwich Ophthalmology Associates Stamford, 203-869-3082 HOSPITALS: Greenwich, Stamford Glaucoma, Cataract Surgery, Intraocular Lens Replacement, Laser Surgery

JEFFREY N. KAPLAN Eye Group of Connecticut Bridgeport, 203-374-8182 HOSPITAL: Bridgeport Cataract Surgery, Glaucoma, Macular Disease/Degeneration, Diabetic Eye Disease/ Retinopathy

WENDY KLEIN Ophthalmic Associates Trumbull, 203-378-3224 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, Yale New Haven Retinal Disorders, Diabetic Eye Disease/Retinopathy, Retinal Vascular Diseases, Retina/Vitreous Consultation

PETER E. LIBRE Connecticut Glaucoma Associates Norwalk, 203-853-2020

WILLIAM S. POTTER Greenwich Ophthalmology Associates Stamford, 203-869-3082 HOSPITALS: Greenwich, Stamford Pediatric Ophthalmology, Strabismus-Adult & Pediatric, Intraocular Lens Replacement, Amblyopia

STEPHEN M. RABINOWITZ Ophthalmic Surgeons Of Greater Bridgeport Fairfield, 203-371-0141 HOSPITAL: Bridgeport Cataract Surgery, Glaucoma, Diabetic Eye Disease/Retinopathy

VINCENT S. REPPUCCI Vitreoretinal Surgeons Danbury, 203-792-6291 HOSPITALS: Danbury, NY Eye & Ear

Pediatric Ophthalmology, Glaucoma, Eyelid Surgery/ Blepharoplasty, Retinal Disorders

STEPHEN AUDLEY MATHIAS Connecticut Eye Consultants Danbury, 203-791-2020 HOSPITALS: Danbury, Yale New Haven

Retina/Vitreous Surgery, Diabetic Eye Disease/ Retinopathy, Macular Disease/Degeneration, Retina/Vitreous Consultation

KIM P. ROBBINS Robbins Eye Center Fairfield, 203-371-5800 HOSPITAL: Bridgeport

Pediatric Ophthalmology, Eye Muscle Disorders

ROBERT NOECKER Ophthalmic Consultants of Connecticut Fairfield, 203-366-8000 HOSPITAL: St. Vincent’s Medical Center

Cataract Surgery, Glaucoma

RICHARD SCARTOZZI Connecticut Eye Consultants Danbury, 203-791-2020 HOSPITALS: Danbury, Yale New Haven

Glaucoma, Cataract-Complex, Dry Eye Syndrome

Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Eye Disease/ Retinopathy, Retinal Detachment, Uveitis

GLENN E. OSTRIKER Dr. Ostriker and Associates Stamford, 203-348-6300 HOSPITALS: Stamford, NYU Langone Tisch

ELIZABETH SIDERIDES Stamford Ophthalmology Stamford, 203-327-5808 HOSPITAL: Stamford

Cataract Surgery, Glaucoma, Laser Surgery

MATTHEW D. PAUL Connecticut Eye Consultants Danbury, 203-791-2020 HOSPITALS: Danbury, Yale New Haven

Cataract Surgery, Glaucoma, Retinal Disorders

JERRY W. TSONG Greenwich Ophthalmology Associates Stamford, 203-869-3082 HOSPITALS: Greenwich, Stamford

Cataract Surgery

JAMES R. PINKE Pinke Eye Center Shelton, 203-924-8800 HOSPITAL: Griffin

Retinal DisordersComplex, Diabetic Eye Disease/Retinopathy, Macular Degeneration, Vision LossUnexplained Loss

Cataract Surgery, Glaucoma

PHILIP A. PIRO Retina Associates of Connecticut Stamford, 203-325-4481 HOSPITALS: Stamford, St. Vincent’s Medical Center

ESTEBAN C. VIETORISZ Stamford Ophthalmology Stamford, 203-327-5808 HOSPITAL: Stamford Cornea & External Eye Disease, Cataract Surgery, Glaucoma

Retinal Disorders, Retina/ Vitreous Consultation, Retina/Vitreous Surgery

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ERIC L. WASSERMAN Eye Care Center of Stamford Stamford, 203-978-0800 HOSPITAL: Stamford

Cataract Surgery, Anterior Segment Surgery

RICHARD B. WEBER Stamford, 203-353-1857 HOSPITAL: Stamford Retinal Disorders

JAMES WEISZ Connecticut Retina Consultants Trumbull, 203-365-6565 HOSPITAL: Yale New Haven

Replacement, Hip & Knee Replacement

MICHAEL BRAND OrthoConnecticut Danbury, 203-797-1500 HOSPITAL: Danbury

Sports Medicine, Arthroscopic Surgery-Knee, Shoulder & Knee Surgery, Reconstructive Surgery

DANTE A. BRITTIS Orthopaedic Specialty Group Fairfield, 203-337-2600 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, St. Vincent’s Medical Center

Uveitis, Retina/Vitreous Surgery

Sports Medicine, Shoulder & Knee Surgery, Joint Replacement

ANDREW WOLF Stamford Ophthalmology Stamford, 203-327-5808 HOSPITAL: Stamford

JEFFREY BROOKS Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine New Canaan, 203-323-7331 HOSPITAL: Stamford

Pediatric Ophthalmology, Strabismus

STEPHEN J. ZUCKERMAN Connecticut Eye Consultants Danbury, 203-791-2020 HOSPITALS: Danbury, Milford Cataract Surgery, PRK-Refractive Surgery, Laser Surgery

ORTHOPAEDIC SURGERY JOHN N. AWAD Orthopaedic Specialty Group Fairfield, 203-337-2600 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, St. Vincent’s Medical Center Osteoporosis SpineKyphoplasty, Spinal Tumors

DAVID F. BINDELGLASS Orthopaedic Specialty Group Fairfield, 203-337-2600 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, St. Vincent’s Medical Center Joint Replacement, Arthritis

DAVID AARON BOMBACK Connecticut Neck & Back Specialists Danbury, 203-744-9700 HOSPITAL: Danbury Scoliosis, Spinal Surgery

PETER S. BOONE Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center Trumbull, 203-268-2882 HOSPITALS: St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Bridgeport Sports Medicine, Joint

Sports Medicine, Hand Surgery, Fractures, Shoulder & Elbow Surgery

DAVID B. BROWN OrthoCare Specialists Bridgeport, 203-372-0649 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, St. Vincent’s Medical Center

Spinal Surgery, Pain-Back, Arthroscopic Surgery, Fractures

RUSSELL CAVALLO Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-614-8888 HOSPITALS: Stamford, Greenwich Sports Medicine, Knee Surgery, Shoulder Surgery, Joint Reconstruction

MICHAEL R. CLAIN Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists Greenwich, 203-869-1145 HOSPITAL: Greenwich Foot & Ankle Surgery

JAMES G. CUNNINGHAM Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists Greenwich, 203-869-1145 HOSPITAL: Greenwich Arthroscopic Surgery, Shoulder Surgery, Knee Injuries/ACL, Sports Medicine

JOSEPH M. D’AMICO Orthopaedic Associates of Stamford Stamford, 203-325-4087 HOSPITAL: Stamford Knee Replacement, Hip Replacement, Sports Medicine »


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FAIRFIELD COUNTY’S TOP DOCTORS 2020

JEFFREY V. DELUCA OrthoConnecticut Norwalk, 203-845-2200 HOSPITAL: Norwalk

Shoulder & Knee Surgery, Knee Replacement, Sports Medicine, Arthroscopic Surgery

FRANCIS A. ENNIS JR Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists Greenwich, 203-869-1145 HOSPITAL: Greenwich

Hip & Knee Replacement, Arthroscopic Surgery, Arthritis-Hip & Knee

JAMES J. FITZGIBBONS Orthopaedic Specialty Group Fairfield, 203-337-2600 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, St. Vincent’s Medical Center

Arthroscopic Surgery, Joint Replacement, Sports Medicine

JOSHUA B. FRANK OrthoConnecticut Norwalk, 203-845-2200 HOSPITAL: Norwalk

Sports Medicine, Shoulder & Elbow Surgery, Knee Surgery, Arthroscopic Surgery

ANDREW L. HAAS Orthopaedic Associates of Stamford Stamford, 203-325-4087 HOSPITALS: Stamford, Greenwich Sports Medicine, Shoulder Surgery, Knee Surgery, Fractures

D. ROSS HENSHAW OrthoConnecticut Danbury, 203-797-1500 HOSPITAL: Danbury Shoulder Replacement, Hip & Knee Surgery, Arthroscopic Surgery, Sports Medicine

STEVEN E. HINDMAN Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists Greenwich, 203-869-1145 HOSPITAL: Greenwich

Foot & Ankle Surgery, Hand & Wrist Surgery, Hip & Knee Surgery, Trauma

PETER W. HUGHES Orthopaedic Associates of Stamford Stamford, 203-325-4087 HOSPITAL: Stamford Hip & Knee Replacement

BRIAN F. KAVANAGH Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery

Specialists Greenwich, 203-869-1145 HOSPITAL: Greenwich

Knee Injuries, Shoulder Surgery, Shoulder Replacement, Elbow Surgery

T. JAY KLEEMAN OrthoConnecticut Norwalk, 203-845-2200 HOSPITAL: Norwalk

MARC SILVER Orthopaedic Associates of Stamford Stamford, 203-325-4087 HOSPITALS: Stamford, Greenwich

Hip & Knee Replacement, Joint Replacement

Foot & Ankle Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Orthopaedics-non surgical, Sports Medicine

DAVID LAWRENCE KRAMER Connecticut Neck & Back Specialists Danbury, 203-744-9700 HOSPITAL: Danbury

Spinal Surgery, Trauma, Minimally Invasive Surgery

MICHAEL M. LYNCH OrthoConnecticut Norwalk, 203-845-2200 HOSPITAL: Norwalk Pediatric Sports Medicine, Sports Medicine, Arthroscopic SurgeryShoulder, Rotator Cuff Surgery

SETH R. MILLER Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists Greenwich, 203-869-1145 HOSPITAL: Greenwich

Shoulder Surgery, Rotator Cuff Surgery, Shoulder Replacement, Arthroscopic Surgery-Shoulder

DAVID P. NOCEK Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists Greenwich, 203-869-1145 HOSPITAL: Greenwich

Hip & Knee Replacement, Joint Replacement, Trauma

NICHOLAS V. POLIFRONI OrthoConnecticut Norwalk, 203-845-2200 HOSPITAL: Norwalk Sports Medicine, Joint Replacement

WILLIAM T. SCHMIDT Orthopaedic Associates of Stamford Stamford, 203-325-4087 HOSPITALS: Stamford, Greenwich Hip & Knee Replacement, Musculoskeletal Injuries

PAUL M. SETHI Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists Greenwich, 203-869-1145 HOSPITAL: Greenwich

OTOLARYNGOLOGY DAVID I. ASTRACHAN Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists of Connecticut Hamden, 203-248-8409 HOSPITALS: Yale-New Haven-St. Raphael Campus, Yale New Haven Hearing Loss/Tinnitus, Nasal Surgery, Sinus Disorders, Vocal Cord Disorders

Sports Medicine, Knee Replacement, Shoulder Replacement, Arthroscopic Surgery

MICHAEL C. BARD Advanced Specialty Care Danbury, 203-830-4700 HOSPITALS: Danbury, Norwalk

JAMES I. SPAK Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center Trumbull, 203-268-2882 HOSPITALS: St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Bridgeport

Head & Neck Surgery, Sleep Disorders/Apnea/Snoring, Sinus Disorders/Surgery

Joint Preservation, Shoulder & Knee Reconstruction, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Fractures

MARK S. BIANCHI Yale New Haven, Otolaryngology Stratford, 203-785-5430 HOSPITALS: Yale New Haven, Bridgeport

KAREN M. SUTTON Hospital for Special Surgery Stamford, 203-705-0725 HOSPITALS: Hospital for Special Surgery, Stamford

Sleep Disorders, Sinus Disorders/Surgery, Hearing Disorders/ Tinnitus, Balance Disorders

Knee Injuries/ACL/ Meniscus Tears, Sports Medicine-Women, Shoulder Arthroscopic Surgery, Knee & Shoulder Surgery

DOV BLOCH Advanced Specialty Care Danbury, 203-830-4700 HOSPITALS: Danbury, Norwalk

CRAIG TIFFORD Yale Medicine Stamford, 866-470-9253 HOSPITALS: Greenwich, Yale New Haven

Head & Neck Cancer & Surgery, Thyroid & Parathyroid Cancer & Surgery, Salivary Gland Tumors & Surgery, Sinus Disorders/Surgery

Arthroscopic SurgeryKnee, Arthroscopic Surgery-Shoulder

STEVEN A. BRAMWIT Stamford ENT-Head & Neck Surgery Stamford, 203-348-7797 HOSPITALS: Stamford, Greenwich

ALLEN I. TROY Orthopaedic Associates of Stamford Stamford, 203-325-4087 HOSPITAL: Stamford

Head & Neck Surgery, Nasal & Sinus Disorders, Balloon Sinuplasty

Foot & Ankle Surgery, Ankle Reconstruction

KATHERINE B. VADASDI Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists Greenwich, 203-869-1145 HOSPITAL: Greenwich

RICHARD J. BRAUER Associates of Otolaryngology Greenwich, 203-869-0177 HOSPITAL: Greenwich

Head & Neck Surgery, Thyroid Cancer & Surgery

Adolescent Sports Medicine, Sports Medicine-Women, Shoulder & Elbow Surgery, Shoulder Replacement

STEPHEN D. BREDA Bridgeport, 203-371-5166 HOSPITAL: St. Vincent’s Medical Center

MARK E. WILCHINSKY Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center Trumbull, 203-268-2882 HOSPITALS: St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Bridgeport

Head & Neck Surgery

BRADFORD S. CHERVIN ENT, Allergy and Facial Plastic Surgery Specialists Southport, 203-256-3338

Arthroscopic Surgery, Joint Replacement

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Norwalk

Nasal & Sinus Disorders, Swallowing Disorders, Hearing Disorders/ Tinnitus, Sleep Disorders/ Apnea/Snoring

STEVEN M. FELDMAN Westmed Medical Group Greenwich, 203-629-5500 HOSPITAL: Greenwich

Throat Disorders, Hearing Disorders/Tinnitus, Sleep Disorders/Apnea/Snoring

JAY KLARSFELD Advanced Specialty Care Danbury, 203-830-4700 HOSPITALS: Danbury, Norwalk Sinus Disorders, Thyroid & Parathyroid Surgery

BRUCE H. KLENOFF Ear, Nose & Throat Center Stamford, 203-353-0000 HOSPITAL: Stamford

Ear Disorders/Surgery, Sinus Disorders/Surgery, Pediatric Otolaryngology

JASON R. KLENOFF Ear, Nose & Throat Center Stamford, 203-353-0000 HOSPITAL: Stamford

Pediatric & Adult Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, Sinus Disorders, Throat Disorders

EDWARD M. LANE Yale New Haven, Otolaryngology Stratford, 203-785-5430 HOSPITALS: Yale New Haven, Bridgeport Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Nasal Allergy, Nasal Reconstruction

BIANA LANSON Ear, Nose & Throat Center Stamford, 203-353-0000 HOSPITAL: Stamford

Laryngeal Disorders, Endoscopic Surgery, Sinus Disorders/Surgery, Balloon Sinuplasty

RICHARD A. LEVIN Ear, Nose & Throat of Fairfield Fairfield, 203-259-4700 HOSPITALS: St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Yale New Haven Sinus Disorders, Hearing Disorders/Tinnitus, Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Otitis Media

STEVEN B. LEVINE ENT & Allergy Associates Trumbull, 203-380-3707 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, Norwalk

Sinus Disorders, Sleep Disorders/Apnea/Snoring, Hearing & Balance Disorders, Rhinosinusitis

MICHELLE SIEGEL MARRINAN Greenwich Ear, Nose & Throat Greenwich, 203-869-2030 HOSPITALS: Greenwich, Stamford Neuro-Otology

ANDREW J. PARKER Parker Ear, Nose & Throat Norwalk, 203-866-8121 HOSPITAL: Norwalk

Hearing Disorders/ Tinnitus, Sinus Disorders, Voice Disorders, Sleep Disorders/Apnea/Snoring

ADAM W. PEARL Connecticut ENT Medical & Surgical Specialists Trumbull, 203-452-7081 HOSPITAL: Bridgeport

Head & Neck Surgery, Swallowing Disorders, Voice Disorders, Hearing Disorders/Tinnitus

SARA RICHER Northeast Medical Group Trumbull, 203-459-2666 HOSPITAL: Bridgeport Parathyroid Surgery, Salivary Gland Surgery, Sinus Disorders, Thyroid Cancer & Surgery

STEPHEN J. SALZER Greenwich Ear, Nose & Throat Greenwich, 203-869-2030 HOSPITALS: Greenwich, Stamford Thyroid & Parathyroid Surgery, Pediatric Otolaryngology, Sinus Disorders/Surgery, Thyroid Cancer & Surgery

ROBERT LAWRENCE WEISS Connecticut ENT Sinus Center Norwalk, 203-716-6008 HOSPITAL: Norwalk Sinus Disorders/Surgery

OTOLARYNGOLOGY/ FACIAL PLASTIC SURGERY LAWRENCE J. FLIEGELMAN Ear, Nose & Throat of Fairfield Fairfield, 203-259-4700


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HOSPITALS: St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Yale New Haven Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

NEIL A. GORDON Split Rock Surgical Associates Wilton, 203-834-7700 HOSPITALS: Norwalk, Yale New Haven

Cosmetic Surgery-Face, Facial Rejuvenation, Rhinoplasty, Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

PAIN MEDICINE RAHUL S. ANAND Connecticut Pain & Wellness Center Fairfield, 203-319-9355 Pain-Interventional Techniques, Pain-Back & Neck, Pain-after Spinal Intervention, Spinal Cord Stimulation

ARGHIRIS BARBADIMOS Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-276-2277 HOSPITAL: Stamford Acupuncture

VINCENT R. CARLESI Pain Management Associates of Connecticut Stamford, 203-325-5700 HOSPITAL: Danbury Pain-Interventional Techniques, Pain-Back & Neck, Pain-Spine, Pain-Chronic

PATHOLOGY ROBERT C. BABKOWSKI Stamford Pathology Group Stamford, 203-276-7420 HOSPITAL: Stamford Breast Pathology, Gastrointestinal Pathology, Gynecologic Pathology, Thyroid Cancer

RAYMOND A. BAER Stamford Pathology Group Stamford, 203-276-7420 HOSPITAL: Stamford Hematopathology

WILLIAM B. LASKIN Yale New Haven, Pathology Bridgeport, 203-785-2788 HOSPITAL: Bridgeport Bone & Soft Tissue Pathology, Sarcoma-Soft Tissue

MARGUERITE MONTEIRO PINTO Bridgeport, 203-384-3156

HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, Yale New Haven Gynecologic Pathology, Breast Pathology

AUGUSTO H. PODESTA Stamford Pathology Group Stamford, 203-276-7420 HOSPITAL: Stamford

Gastrointestinal Pathology

BO XU Stamford Pathology Group Stamford, 203-276-7420 HOSPITAL: Stamford

Gynecologic Pathology, Urologic Pathology

PEDIATRIC ALLERGY & IMMUNOLOGY ORA BURSTEIN Allergy & Asthma Center of Stamford Stamford, 203-978-0072 HOSPITAL: Stamford Asthma & Allergy, Food Allergy

MITCHELL R. LESTER Fairfield County Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Norwalk, 203-838-4034 HOSPITALS: Norwalk, Greenwich Allergy, Asthma & Allergy, Food Allergy, Immunotherapy

PATRICIA EAGAN Pediatric Healthcare Associates Fairfield, 203-452-8322 HOSPITAL: Bridgeport

AMY AGOGLIA Doctors’ Pediatric Ridgefield, 203-431-3363 HOSPITAL: Danbury

MARY SARRANTONIO Pediatric Healthcare Associates Fairfield, 203-452-8322 HOSPITAL: Bridgeport

JAMIE ALON Pediatric Associates of Western CT Danbury, 203-744-1680 HOSPITAL: Danbury

RAUL A. ARGUELLO Connecticut Children’s Specialty Care Center Danbury, 860-837-6700 HOSPITAL: Connecticut Children’s

Obesity, Thyroid Disorders, Growth Disorders

ANIL BRITTO Ridgefield Pediatric Associates Ridgefield, 203-438-9557 HOSPITAL: Danbury

PEDIATRIC INFECTIOUS DISEASE

JANE M. BROTANEK Ridgefield Pediatric Associates Ridgefield, 203-438-9557 HOSPITAL: Danbury

NIMROD E. DAYAN Pediatric Healthcare Associates Trumbull, 203-452-8322 HOSPITAL: Bridgeport

ALISON MARIE CASS Greenwich Pediatric Associates Old Greenwich, 203-637-3212 HOSPITALS: Greenwich, Stamford

Vaccines, Travel Medicine, Lyme Disease, Ear Infections

JACOB HEN JR. Northeast Medical Group Trumbull, 203-337-8600 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, Yale New Haven

PEDIATRIC ENDOCRINOLOGY

ADD/ADHD

SARAH LUSMAN ColumbiaDoctors Stamford, 212-305-5903 HOSPITALS: NY-Pres Columbia, Stamford

ALLISON B. LEVEY NY-Pres Columbia University Irving Medical Center Darien, 203-662-0313 HOSPITALS: NY-Pres Morgan Stanley Children’s, Stamford

Congenital Heart Disease, Echocardiography, Fetal Echocardiography

KAREN E. BECKMAN Riverside Pediatrics Riverside, 203-629-5800 HOSPITAL: Greenwich

Inflammatory Bowel Disease/Crohn’s, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Diarrheal Diseases, Food Allergy

PEDIATRIC PULMONOLOGY

MICHAEL S. SNYDER NY-Pres Columbia University Irving Medical Center Darien, 203-662-0313 HOSPITALS: NY-Pres Morgan Stanley Children’s, Stamford

JOANNE ANGIELLO Ridgefield Pediatric Associates Ridgefield, 203-438-9557 HOSPITAL: Danbury

MARK S. GLASSMAN Boston Children’s Health Physicians Norwalk, 203-853-7170 HOSPITALS: Norwalk, Boston Children’s

PEDIATRIC CARDIOLOGY

Congenital Heart Disease, Fetal Echocardiography

Adolescent Medicine, Eating Disorders

PEDIATRIC GASTROENTEROLOGY

ROBERT D. CHESSIN Pediatric Healthcare Associates Bridgeport, 203-452-8322 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, St. Vincent’s Medical Center

Asthma, Critical Care

Learning Disorders, Developmental Disorders, ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders

HOSSEIN SADEGHI Pediatric Pulmonology Stamford, 203-276-5949 HOSPITAL: NY-Pres Columbia

LORETTA CODY Children’s Medical Group of Greenwich Greenwich, 203-661-2440 HOSPITALS: Greenwich, Boston Children’s

Cystic Fibrosis, Bronchoscopy, Bronchitis

PEDIATRICS NICOLE ABRAMOWITZ Bay Street Pediatrics Westport, 203-227-3674 HOSPITALS: Stamford, Norwalk

BRUCE W. COHEN Pediatric Associates of Western CT Danbury, 203-744-1680 HOSPITAL: Danbury

PETER J. ACKER Westmed Medical Group Greenwich, 203-210-2815 HOSPITALS: Greenwich, Westchester

ELIN R. COHEN Black Rock Pediatrics Fairfield, 203-337-5333 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, St. Vincent’s Medical Center

Pediatric Dermatology, Adolescent Medicine, Learning Disorders

Developmental &

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MICHAEL CONNOLLY Northeast Medical Group Stratford, 203-378-3080 HOSPITALS: Yale New Haven, Bridgeport Adolescent Medicine, Asthma, Vaccines

TARALYN CRONIN-WEIR Brookside Pediatrics Bridgeport, 203-374-3001 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, St. Vincent’s Medical Center JASON M. DAVIS New England Pediatrics Stamford, 203-323-1770 HOSPITAL: Stamford RICHARD M. FREEDMAN Pediatric Healthcare Associates Bridgeport, 203-452-8322 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, Yale New Haven Newborn Care

C. NICOLE GORMAN Village Pediatrics Westport, 203-221-7337 HOSPITAL: Norwalk ADD/ADHD

DAVID A. GROPPER Pediatric Associates of Western CT Danbury, 203-744-1680 HOSPITAL: Danbury

Allergy, Infectious Disease

JENNIFER HENKIND Stamford Pediatric Associates Stamford, 203-324-4109 HOSPITAL: Stamford THOMAS P. HOMA Pediatric Healthcare Associates Fairfield, 203-452-8322 HOSPITAL: Bridgeport SUSANNA K. JALKUT Pediatric Healthcare Associates Fairfield, 203-452-8322 HOSPITAL: Bridgeport PAUL E. JUAN Valley Pediatrics of Greenwich Greenwich, 203-622-4301 HOSPITAL: Greenwich

Developmental Disorders, Asthma

ROSEMARY E. KLENK New England Pediatrics New Canaan, 203-972-5232 HOSPITAL: Stamford ADD/ADHD, Eating Disorders

ARNOLD B. KORVAL Greenwich Pediatric Associates Old Greenwich, 203-637-3212 HOSPITALS: Greenwich, Stamford LAURA MARKS Willows Pediatric Group Westport, 203-319-3939 HOSPITAL: Norwalk Nutrition, Immunotherapy

KATHERINE N. MINI Children’s Medical Group of Greenwich Greenwich, 203-661-2440 HOSPITALS: Greenwich, Boston Children’s NICHOLAS P. MONGILLO Pedi-Care Pediatrics Shelton, 203-924-7334 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, Yale New Haven AIDS/HIV, Sports Medicine, ADD/ADHD, Behavioral Disorders

ALAN H. MORELLI New England Pediatrics Stamford, 203-323-1770 HOSPITAL: Stamford KATHERINE KELLY NOBLE Sound Beach Pediatrics Stamford, 203-363-0123 HOSPITALS: Stamford, Greenwich THOMAS ODINAK Pediatric Healthcare Associates Fairfield, 203-452-8322 HOSPITAL: Bridgeport NANCY H. O’HARA New England Center for Health Wilton, 203-834-2813

Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADD/ADHD, Neurodevelopmental Disorders

JEFFREY OWENS Willows Pediatric Group Westport, 203-319-3939 HOSPITAL: Norwalk TODD ROBERT PALKER New England Pediatrics New Canaan, 203-972-5232 HOSPITAL: Stamford KATHRYN J. QUINN Trumbull Pediatrics Trumbull, 203-268-1766 HOSPITAL: Bridgeport Infectious Disease, Preventive Medicine

HENRY M. RASCOFF Sound Beach Pediatrics Stamford, 203-363-0123 HOSPITALS: Stamford, Greenwich Preventive Medicine, Developmental & »


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Behavioral Disorders, ADD/ADHD

Acupuncture, Pain-Back & Neck

RACHEL ROTHSCHILD Pediatric Associates of Western CT Danbury, 203-744-1680 HOSPITAL: Danbury

JANET E. FREEDMAN Greenwich Hospital, Outpatient Physiatry Greenwich, 203-863-4290 HOSPITAL: Greenwich

Developmental Disorders, ADD/ADHD

STEVEN L. SCHIZ Children’s Medical Group of Greenwich Greenwich, 203-661-2440 HOSPITALS: Greenwich, Boston Children’s RACHEL E. SHEIMAN Willows Pediatric Group Westport, 203-319-3939 HOSPITAL: Norwalk Nutrition, Obesity, Vaccines, Adolescent Medicine

JONATHAN E. SOLLINGER Willows Pediatric Group Westport, 203-319-3939 HOSPITAL:: Norwalk ADD/ADHD, Developmental & Behavioral Disorders

LORI STORCH-SMITH Bay Street Pediatrics Westport, 203-227-3674 HOSPITAL: Norwalk

Acupuncture, Lymphedema, Spasticity Management

LINDA F. GRANT Greenwich Hospital, Outpatient Physiatry Greenwich, 203-863-4290 HOSPITAL:: Greenwich Lymphedema, Acupuncture

JEFFREY M. HEFTLER Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists Greenwich, 203-869-1145 HOSPITAL:: Greenwich Pain-Interventional Techniques, Sports Medicine, Pain-Spine, Spinal Rehabilitation

EDWIN RICHTER Stamford, 203-316-0610 HOSPITAL: Stamford

Preventive Medicine

Neuro-Rehabilitation, Brain Injury Rehabilitation, Amputee Rehabilitation, Lymphedema

GEORGE TSIMOYIANIS Darien Pediatric Associates Darien, 203-655-9741 HOSPITAL: Stamford

ANGELA H. RYAN Rehabilitation Consultants Norwalk, 203-523-0100 HOSPITAL: Norwalk

Tobacco & Nicotine Cessation, Pediatric Sports Medicine, Adolescent Medicine

AMY WEINRIB Pediatric Healthcare Associates Fairfield, 203-452-8322 HOSPITAL: Bridgeport JANET WOODWARD Willows Pediatric Group Westport, 203-319-3939 HOSPITAL: Norwalk

PHYSICAL MEDICINE & REHABILITATION BETH AARONSON Western Connecticut Medical Group Danbury, 203-794-5605 HOSPITAL: Danbury Acupuncture, Neurologic Rehabilitation, Cancer Rehabilitation, Lymphedema

ALICE CHEN Hospital for Special Surgery Stamford, 203-705-2087 Musculoskeletal Disorders, Joint Pain-Minimally Invasive Therapy,

Musculoskeletal Disorders, Pain-Back & Neck, Neurologic Rehabilitation, Electrodiagnosis

CHRISTOPHER SAHLER Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists Stamford, 203-869-1145 HOSPITALS: Stamford, Greenwich Spinal Rehabilitation, Pain-Spine

HALINA M. SNOWBALL Integrated Pain Solutions Stamford, 203-863-4588 HOSPITAL: Greenwich Pain-Musculoskeletal, Pain Management, Acupuncture, PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)

DAVID LEE TUNG Core Medical Group Bridgeport, 203-373-1593 HOSPITAL: St. Vincent’s Medical Center Pain-Spine, Sports Medicine, PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma), Electromyography (EMG)

PLASTIC SURGERY

Stamford, 203-324-4700 HOSPITAL: Stamford

KEITH J. ATTKISS Greenwich, 203-862-2700 HOSPITAL: Greenwich

Cosmetic Surgery, Liposuction, Breast Reconstruction, Abdominoplasty

Tummy Tuck/ Abdominoplasty, Breast Reconstruction, Liposuction & Body Contouring

JOSEPH B. O’CONNELL The Aesthetic Center of Connecticut Westport, 203-454-0044 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, Yale New Haven

HARVEY JAY BLUESTEIN Fairfield, 203-254-8557 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, St. Vincent’s Medical Center

Cosmetic Surgery, Cosmetic Surgery-Face, Cosmetic Surgery-Breast, Cosmetic Surgery-Body

DAVID PASSARETTI Aesthetic Surgery Center Darien, 203-656-9999 HOSPITALS: Greenwich, Stamford

GREGORY FRANK BRUCATO Brucato Plastic Surgery Center Ridgefield, 203-431-7644 HOSPITAL: Danbury

Cosmetic Surgery-Face, Breast Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery, Liposuction & Body Contouring, Body Contouring after Weight Loss

STEVEN FERN Greenwich, 203-629-1900 HOSPITAL: Greenwich HAROLD S. GEWIRTZ Stamford, 203-325-1381 HOSPITALS: Stamford, Greenwich

ELSA M. RASKIN Greenwich, 203-861-6620 HOSPITAL: Greenwich

Cosmetic Surgery-Face & Neck, Breast Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery, Facelift, Skin Cancer Reconstruction

Eyelid Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery, Cosmetic Surgery-Face, Cosmetic Surgery-Breast, Facelift

DAVID M. GOLDENBERG Advanced Specialty Care Danbury, 203-830-4700 HOSPITAL:: Danbury

JOHN F. REILLY Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Specialists Shelton, 203-924-2900 HOSPITAL: Griffin

Cosmetic Surgery, Breast Reconstruction, Wound Care, Cosmetic Surgery-Breast

Breast Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery, Liposuction, Gynecomastia, Blepharoplasty

BORIS EDWARD GOLDMAN Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Center Westport, 203-222-3700 HOSPITAL: Norwalk

ARTHUR R. ROSENSTOCK Stamford, 203-359-1959 HOSPITAL: Stamford

Facial Rejuvenation, Cancer Reconstruction

Facelift, Rhinoplasty, Breast Augmentation, Breast Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery

SOHEL ISLAM Advanced Specialty Care Danbury, 203-830-4700 HOSPITAL: Danbury

PRASHANT SONI Advanced Specialty Care Danbury, 203-830-4700 HOSPITAL: Danbury

Hand Surgery

FREDRIC A. NEWMAN Aesthetic Surgery Center Darien, 203-656-9999 HOSPITALS: Greenwich, Norwalk

Cosmetic SurgeryFace & Body

TITO L. VASQUEZ Connecticut Plastic Surgery Group Southport, 203-292-8119 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, Norwalk

Breast Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery, Eyelid Surgery, Abdominoplasty, Liposuction

Cosmetic Surgery-Face & Breast, Abdominoplasty, 3D Imaging in Plastic Surgery, Hand & Microvascular Surgery

LEIF OTTO NORDBERG Nordberg Plastic Surgery

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PSYCHIATRY LINUS S. ABRAMS Greenwich, 203-861-2654 Psychopharmacology, Adolescent Psychiatry, Addiction/Substance Abuse, Dual Diagnosis

JEREMY BAROWSKY Greenwich, 203-340-1115 HOSPITAL: Greenwich Addiction/Substance Abuse, Depression, Personality Disorders

JOSEPH F. GOLDBERG Norwalk, 203-854-9607 HOSPITAL:: Mount Sinai

HOSPITALS: NY-Pres Weill Cornell, Greenwich

Psychotherapy, Bipolar/Mood Disorders, Depression, Alcohol Abuse

MARK WAYNIK The Waynik Group Fairfield, 203-254-2000 Psychotherapy, Psychopharmacology, Forensic Psychiatry

STEVEN A. WEISBLATT Stamford, 203-517-0550 Bipolar/Mood Disorders, Psychopharmacology, Anxiety & Depression, Geriatric Psychiatry

Bipolar/Mood Disorders, Psychopharmacology, Anxiety & Depression, Cognitive Psychotherapy

PULMONARY DISEASE

LAURENCE S. LOREFICE Old Greenwich, 203-637-4006 HOSPITAL: Silver Hill

MICHAEL A. BERNSTEIN Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-348-2437 HOSPITAL: Stamford

Depression, Bipolar/Mood Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Anxiety Disorders

CHARLES J. MORGAN Northeast Medical Group Trumbull, 203-551-7350 HOSPITAL: Bridgeport Alcohol Abuse, Mood Disorders, Substance Abuse

F. CARL MUELLER Stamford, 203-357-7773 HOSPITAL: Stamford Anxiety & Depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Psychopharmacology

Interventional Pulmonology, Lung Cancer, Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (COPD), Critical Care

JOHN CHRONAKOS Western Connecticut Medical Group Danbury, 203-739-8330 HOSPITALS: Danbury, Norwalk Sleep Disorders, Critical Care

ABHIJITH HEGDE Western Connecticut Medical Group Danbury, 203-739-8330 HOSPITALS: Danbury, Norwalk

JOSHUA C. POLLACK Greenwich Hospital, Center for Healthy Aging Greenwich, 203-863-4373 HOSPITAL: Greenwich

JAMES S. KRINSLEY Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-348-2437 HOSPITAL: Stamford

BRUCE SHAPIRO Stamford, 203-327-4144 HOSPITAL: Stamford

CAROLINE P. KURTZ Norwalk Pulmonary Consultants Norwalk, 203-855-3888 HOSPITAL: Norwalk

Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Geriatric Psychiatry

Forensic Psychiatry, Psychopharmacology, Anxiety & Depression, Bipolar/Mood Disorders

JOANN M. SMITH Fairfield County Psychiatry Fairfield, 203-255-0770 HOSPITAL: St. Vincent’s Medical Center Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Women’s HealthMental Health

JOHN S. TAMERIN Greenwich, 203-661-8282

Asthma & Emphysema, Critical Care, Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (COPD), Interstitial Lung Disease

Asthma, Cystic Fibrosis, Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (COPD)

CHRISTOPHER MANFREDI Norwalk Pulmonary Consultants Norwalk, 203-855-3888 HOSPITAL: Norwalk Asthma, Critical Care, Sleep Disorders/Apnea

DOMINIC J. ROCA Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-348-2437


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HOSPITAL: Stamford Sleep Disorders, Allergy

DANIEL J. RUDOLPH Pulmonary & Internal Medicine Associates Trumbull, 203-261-3980 HOSPITAL: Bridgeport Asthma, Pneumonia

PAUL SACHS Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-348-2437 HOSPITAL: Stamford

Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (COPD)

ADIL SALAM Pulmonary & Internal Medicine Associates Trumbull, 203-261-3980 HOSPITAL: Bridgeport Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (COPD), Sleep Disorders/Apnea

ARTHUR S. TURETSKY Pulmonary & Internal Medicine Associates Trumbull, 203-261-3980 HOSPITAL: Bridgeport Sleep Disorders/Apnea, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (COPD), Tuberculosis

RADIATION ONCOLOGY SEAN W. DOWLING Stamford Hospital, Bennett Cancer Center Stamford, 203-276-7886 HOSPITAL: Stamford Breast Cancer, Gynecologic Cancers

DEBORAH X. FANG St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Radiology & Oncology Bridgeport, 203-576-5085 HOSPITAL: St. Vincent’s Medical Center Breast Cancer, Gastrointestinal Cancer

CHRISTOPHER M. IANNUZZI St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Radiology & Oncology Bridgeport, 475-210-5085 HOSPITAL: St. Vincent’s Medical Center Breast Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Head & Neck Cancer, Prostate Cancer

FRANK A. MASINO Stamford Hospital, Bennett Cancer Center Stamford, 203-276-7886 HOSPITAL: Stamford Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Brachytherapy, Stereotactic Radiosurgery

BRUCE MCGIBBON Yale Therapeutic Radiology Trumbull, 203-863-3701 HOSPITALS: Greenwich, Yale New Haven Brachytherapy, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Genitourinary Cancer, Stereotactic Radiosurgery

PRADIP M. PATHARE Norwalk Hospital, Whittingham Cancer Center Norwalk, 203-852-2719 HOSPITAL: Norwalk Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Head & Neck Cancer, Brain Tumors

SEEMA SANGHAVI Western Connecticut Medical Group Danbury, 203-739-7190 HOSPITAL: Danbury Breast Cancer

JOHN A. SPERA Western Connecticut Medical Group Danbury, 203-739-7190 HOSPITAL: Danbury Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT)

REPRODUCTIVE ENDOCRINOLOGY/ INFERTILITY JOSHUA M. HURWITZ Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut Norwalk, 203-750-7400 HOSPITAL: Danbury Infertility-IVF, Hormonal Disorders, InfertilityAdvanced Maternal Age, Fertility Preservation

MARK PETER LEONDIRES Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut Norwalk, 203-750-7400 HOSPITALS: Norwalk, Stamford Infertility-IVF, Miscarriage-Recurrent, Infertility-Advanced Maternal Age, Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis

ANDREW J. LEVI Park Avenue Fertility & Reproductive Medicine Trumbull, 203-372-6700 HOSPITAL: Bridgeport Infertility-IVF, Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis, Miscarriage-Recurrent, Fertility Preservation

CYNTHIA MURDOCK Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut

SHARON WOLFSOHN KARP Westchester Health Northwell Physician Partners Stamford, 203-327-9321 HOSPITAL: Stamford

Norwalk, 203-750-7400

HOSPITAL: Norwalk Infertility-IVF, Reproductive Surgery

SPENCER S. RICHLIN Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut Norwalk, 203-750-7400 HOSPITALS: Norwalk, Stamford

Lupus/SLE in Women, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Fibromyalgia

JOAO M. NASCIMENTO Bridgeport, 203-371-0009 HOSPITALS: St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Bridgeport

Infertility-IVF, Reproductive Surgery, Fertility Preservation

MELVIN H. THORNTON II American Fertility Greenwich, 203-774-9900 HOSPITALS: Greenwich, St. Vincent’s Medical Center

Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus/SLE, Psoriatic Arthritis

STUART N. NOVACK WCMG Norwalk Rheumatology Norwalk, 203-852-2290 HOSPITAL: Norwalk

Infertility-IVF, Infertility-Egg Donation, Egg & Embryo Freezing, LGBT Family Building/Planning

Lupus/SLE, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Vasculitis

SHAUN C. WILLIAMS Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut Norwalk, 203-750-7400 HOSPITALS: Norwalk, Stamford

ROBERTA ROSE WCMG Norwalk Rheumatology Norwalk, 203-852-2290 HOSPITAL: Norwalk Lupus/SLE, Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis

Infertility-IVF, Reproductive Surgery, Fertility Preservation

MICHAEL SPIEGEL Western Connecticut Medical Group Danbury, 203-794-5600 HOSPITALS: Danbury, Milford

BARRY R. WITT Greenwich Fertility Center Greenwich, 203-863-2990 HOSPITALS: Greenwich, NYU Langone Tisch

JESSICA RACHEL STEIN WCMG Norwalk Rheumatology Norwalk, 203-852-2290 HOSPITAL: Norwalk

Infertility-IVF, Endometriosis, Laparoscopic Surgery, Miscarriage-Recurrent

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TOMAS J. VIETORISZ Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-348-9455 HOSPITAL: Stamford

LANA BERNSTEIN Northeast Medical Group Greenwich, 203-869-5715 HOSPITAL: Greenwich

Rheumatoid Arthritis

MARCIE LYNN WOLINSKY-FRIEDLAND Soundview Medical Associates Norwalk, 203-838-4000 HOSPITAL: Norwalk

RICHARD L. DANEHOWER Northeast Medical Group Greenwich, 203-869-5715 HOSPITAL: Greenwich

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Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, Gout

BRIAN ALAN BAST OrthoConnecticut Norwalk, 203-845-2200 HOSPITAL: Norwalk

GEOFFREY S. GLADSTEIN Arthritis & Rheumatism Associates Trumbull, 203-371-5873 HOSPITAL: Bridgeport

Spinal Rehabilitation

SURGERY JAMES BONHEUR AMI Surgery Stamford, 203-327-4444 HOSPITAL: Stamford

Arthritis, Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lupus/SLE

Minimally Invasive Surgery, Endoscopic

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Surgery, Robotic Surgery, Bariatric/Obesity Surgery

JEANNE S. CAPASSE Surgical Breast Care of Connecticut Norwalk, 203-846-8885 HOSPITAL: Norwalk Breast Cancer & Surgery, Breast Disease

ANTHY DEMESTIHAS Surgical Associates Of Connecticut Bridgeport, 203-332-4744 HOSPITAL: St. Vincent’s Medical Center Breast Surgery, Trauma, Laparoscopic Surgery

KATHLEEN LAVORGNA Norwalk, 203-846-3338 HOSPITAL: Norwalk KEVIN D. MILLER Fairfield County Surgical Specialists Stamford, 203-276-5959 HOSPITAL: Stamford Hepatobiliary Surgery

HELEN A. PASS Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-276-4255 HOSPITAL: Stamford Breast Cancer, Breast Disease, Nipple Sparing Mastectomy

Trauma, Critical Care

ATHANASSIOS PETROTOS Surgical Specialists of Greenwich Greenwich, 203-863-4300 HOSPITAL: Greenwich

CRAIG FLOCH Fairfield County Bariatrics & Surgical Specialists Norwalk, 203-899-0744 HOSPITALS:: Norwalk, St. Vincent’s Medical Center

MARGO SHOUP Norwalk Hospital, Surgical Oncology Norwalk, 203-845-4811 HOSPITALS: Norwalk, Danbury

KEVIN M. DWYER Fairfield County Surgical Specialists Stamford, 203-276-5959 HOSPITAL: Stamford

Bariatric/Obesity Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, Gallbladder Surgery, Hernia

Laparoscopic Surgery, Gallbladder Surgery

Cancer Surgery, Colon & Rectal Cancer & Surgery, Gastrointestinal Cancer & Surgery, Sarcoma

NEIL R. FLOCH Fairfield County Bariatrics & Surgical Specialists Norwalk, 203-899-0744 HOSPITALS: Norwalk, St. Vincent’s Medical Center

VALERIE STARADUB Western Connecticut Medical Group Danbury, 203-739-7040 HOSPITAL: Danbury

RICHARD J. GARVEY General Surgeons of Greater Bridgeport Bridgeport, 203-366-3211 HOSPITAL: Bridgeport

Breast Cancer & Surgery

Bariatric/Obesity Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, Gallbladder Surgery, Hernia

Biliary Surgery, Breast Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, Thyroid & Parathyroid Surgery

ANDREW S. KENLER Park Avenue Surgical Associates Trumbull, 203-373-9015 HOSPITAL: Bridgeport Breast Disease, Laparoscopic Surgery, Skin Cancer

SAJID A. KHAN Yale New Haven, Smilow Cancer Care Trumbull, 203-337-8507 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, Yale New Haven

Abdominal Wall Reconstruction, Pancreatic Cancer, Gastric Cancer, Colon & Rectal Cancer

Breast Cancer & Surgery

BARBARA A. WARD Northeast Medical Group Greenwich, 203-863-4250 HOSPITAL: Greenwich

THORACIC & CARDIAC SURGERY MICHAEL A. COADY Stamford Hospital, Heart & Vascular Institute Stamford, 203-276-4400 HOSPITAL: Stamford Thoracic Aortic Surgery, Heart Valve Surgery, Aneurysm-Thoracic Aortic, Cardiac Surgery-Adult

MICHAEL I. EBRIGHT Stamford, 203-276-4404 HOSPITALS: Stamford, NY-Pres Columbia Lung Cancer, Esophageal Cancer, Mediastinal Tumors, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

WILLIAM C. FENG Stamford Hospital, Heart & Vascular Institute »


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Stamford, 203-276-4400 HOSPITAL: Stamford Critical Care

JAMES V. LETTERA Connecticut Vascular & Thoracic Surgical Associates Fairfield, 203-382-1900 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, St. Vincent’s Medical Center

Vascular Surgery, Lung Cancer, Minimally Invasive Esophageal Surgery, Robotic Surgery

CHRISTOS PAPPAS Vein Clinics of America Wilton, 203-762-2800 RAFAEL P. SQUITIERI St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Cardiothoracic Surgery Bridgeport, 203-576-5708 HOSPITALS: St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Griffin Robotic Surgery, Aneurysm-Aortic, Maze Procedure for Atrial Fibrillation, Heart Valve Surgery

DAVID D. YUH Stamford Hospital, Heart & Vascular Institute Stamford, 203-276-7470 HOSPITAL: Stamford Heart Valve Surgery, Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery, Robotic Surgery

UROGYNECOLOGY/ FEMALE PELVIC MEDICINE & RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY BRIAN J. HINES Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-276-4524 HOSPITALS: Stamford, Greenwich Urogynecology, Pelvic Organ Prolapse Repair, Pelvic Floor Reconstruction, Minimally Invasive Surgery

KATHERINE S. SANDHU Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-276-4524 HOSPITALS: Stamford, Greenwich Urogynecology, Pelvic Organ Prolapse Repair, Pelvic Reconstruction, Minimally Invasive Surgery

UROLOGY STEVEN BATTER Urology Associates of Norwalk Norwalk, 203-853-4200 HOSPITAL: Norwalk Kidney Stones, Genitourinary Cancer

JONATHAN ERIC BERNIE Urology Associates of Norwalk Norwalk, 203-853-4200 HOSPITAL: Norwalk Minimally Invasive Surgery, Prostate Surgery, Laparoscopic Kidney Surgery, Incontinence-Male & Female

STANFORD BRODER Urology Associates of Danbury Danbury, 203-748-0330 HOSPITAL: Danbury Brachytherapy, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Prostate Surgery, Prostate Cancer

JOHN JAMES BRUNO II Urology Associates of Danbury Danbury, 203-748-0330 HOSPITAL: Danbury Ureteral Reconstruction

JEREMY KAUFMAN Urological Associates of Bridgeport Trumbull, 203-375-3456 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, St. Vincent’s Medical Center KENNETH ALAN KINGSLY Northeast Medical Group Fairfield, 203-254-1576 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, St. Vincent’s Medical Center Erectile Dysfunction, Urologic Cancer

LAWRENCE D. MULDOON Northeast Medical Group Fairfield, 203-254-1576 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, St. Vincent’s Medical Center Bladder Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Kidney Stones, Prostate Benign Disease (BPH)

MICHAEL J. NURZIA Westchester Health Stamford, 203-356-9391 HOSPITALS: Stamford, Greenwich Prostate Cancer, Prostate Benign Disease (BPH), Bladder Cancer, Kidney Stones

EDWARD PARAISO II Urological Associates of Bridgeport Trumbull, 203-375-3456 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, St. Vincent’s Medical Center Urologic Cancer, Robotic Surgery

JAMES S. ROSOFF Yale Urology, Greenwich Hospital

SETH BARAK BLATTMAN Connecticut Vascular & Thoracic Surgical Associates Fairfield, 203-382-1900 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, St. Vincent’s Medical Center

Greenwich, 203-863-4670 HOSPITALS: Greenwich, Yale New Haven Infertility-Male, Prostate Benign Disease (BPH), Urologic Cancer, Prostate Cancer

RICHARD P. SANTAROSA Westchester Health Stamford, 203-356-9391 HOSPITALS: Stamford, Greenwich

Endovascular Surgery, Aneurysm-Abdominal & Thoracic Aortic, Carotid Artery Angioplasty & Stent

ALAN M. DIETZEK Western Connecticut Medical Group

Prostate Cancer, Prostate Benign Disease (BPH), Bladder Cancer, Minimally Invasive Surgery

Danbury, 203-794-5680 HOSPITAL: Danbury

Minimally Invasive Surgery, Vein Disorders, Varicose Veins, Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

PAUL J. GAGNE The Vascular Experts Darien, 844-482-7285 HOSPITALS: Norwalk, Greenwich Endovascular Surgery, Aneurysm-Abdominal Aortic, Carotid Endarterectomy, Vein Disorders

SCOTT R. SERELS Urology Associates of Norwalk Norwalk, 203-853-4200 HOSPITAL: Norwalk

BEN U. MARSAN The Vascular Experts Darien, 844-482-7285 HOSPITALS: Norwalk, Bridgeport Peripheral Vascular Disease, Vein Disorders, Aneurysm-Aortic, Endovascular Surgery

BART MUHS The Vascular Experts Stratford, 860-740-2280 HOSPITAL: Middlesex

Aneurysm-Aortic, Peripheral Vascular Disease, Varicose Veins, Carotid Endarterectomy W

Castle Connolly Top Doctors is a healthcare research company and the official source

Urology-Female, Pelvic Organ Prolapse Repair, Incontinence-Male & Female, Voiding Dysfunction

for Top Doctors for the past 25 years. Castle

NICHOLAS STROUMBAKIS Greenwich Urological Associates Greenwich, 203-869-1285 HOSPITAL: Greenwich

under the direction of an MD, involves many

Connolly's established nomination survey, research, screening and selection process, hundreds of thousands of physicians as well as academic medical centers, specialty hospitals and regional and community hospitals all across the nation. The online nominations process – located at www.castleconnolly.com/nominations - is open to all licensed

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physicians in America who are able to nominate physicians in any medical specialty and in any part of the country, as well as indicate whether the nominated physicians is, in their opinion, among the best in their

ROBERT WEINSTEIN Urological Associates of Bridgeport Trumbull, 203-375-3456 HOSPITALS: Bridgeport, St. Vincent’s Medical Center

region in their medical specialty or among the best in the nation in their medical specialty. Once nominated, Castle Connolly's physician-led team of researchers follow a rigorous screening process to select top doctors on both the national and regional levels. Careful screening of doctors' educational and professional experience is essential before final selection is

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made among those physicians most highly regarded by their peers. The result - we identify the top doctors in America and provide you, the consumer, with detailed information about their education, training and

FATEJEET SANDHU Danbury Radiology Associates Danbury, 203-739-7532 HOSPITAL: Danbury

special expertise in our paperback guides, national and regional magazine “Top Doctors” features and online

EDWARD B. STRAUSS Norwalk Radiology Consultants Norwalk, 203-852-2715 HOSPITAL: Norwalk

castleconnolly.com, or in in conjunction with other Castle Connolly Top Doctors databases online and/or in

directories. Doctors do not and cannot pay to be selected and profiled as Castle Connolly Top Doctors

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Physicians selected for inclusion in this magazine's "Top Doctors" feature also appear as online at www. print. Castle Connolly was acquired by Everyday Health Group (EHG), one of the world’s most prominent digital

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clinicians to its premier health and wellness websites. EHG combines social listening data and analytics

an engaged audience of over 53 million health consumers and over 780,000 U.S. practicing physicians and expertise to deliver highly personalized healthcare consumer content and effective patient engagement

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solutions. EHG’s vision is to drive better clinical and health outcomes through decision-making informed by highly relevant data and analytics. Healthcare professionals and consumers are empowered with trusted content and services through the Everyday Health Group’s flagship brands including Everyday Health®, What to

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Expect®, MedPage Today®, Health eCareers®, PRIME® Education and our exclusive partnership with MayoClinic. org® and The Mayo Clinic Diet.® Everyday Health Group is a division of J2 Global Inc. (NASDAQ: JCOM), and is headquartered in New York City.

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As home to some of the best medical facilities in the nation, Fairfield County is brimming with top-rated doctors. With so many choices, how can you find the perfect doctor that suits you and your family best? The following pages include profiles of some of our area’s best-rated doctors, including details about their practice and what drives them.


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ARTHUR L. JENKINS, III, MD Jenkins NeuroSpine 31 River Road, Suite 100 Cos Cob, CT 65 East 96th Street, Suite 1B New York, NY 646.499.0488 JenkinsNeuroSpine.com

AS ONE OF THE TOP SPINE SURGEONS IN THE U.S., DR. JENKINS BRINGS THE latest advancements in evaluating and treating spine conditions to Fairfield and Westchester counties, in his new practice where he can focus even more on quality and improving the lives of his patients. With offices in Manhattan and Fairfield County (Greenwich), Dr. Jenkins brings the

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excellence of his New York City practice to his Connecticut patients. Fellowship-trained at Harvard, Dr. Jenkins has performed extensive clinical spine research in his field, offering minimally invasive microscopic, endoscopic, computer-guided and laser spine surgeries. He is one of the highest rated and most experienced spine surgeons in the Tristate area, trained and familiar with every spinal surgery technique. His treatment philosophy can be summed up as: “I do the most for you that does the least to you.” To ensure his patients have the best outcome with the least invasive approach, Dr. Jenkins collaborates with all of his patients’ physicians and specialists including orthopaedic surgeons, chiropractors, pain management specialists, rehabilitation medicine experts, rheumatologists and neuroanesthesiologists.

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With a mission to help patients return to the activities they enjoy, Dr. Jenkins treats a wide range of people, from student athletes to active adults. He is a spine surgeon for the NYPD, New York Jets and NFL Retired Players Program, and brings this experience to all his patients. Dr. Jenkins and his team apply a very personal touch to every step of the process, while at the same time providing the most advanced medicine to their patients with spinal conditions. In either of his outpatient office locations in Manhattan or Greenwich, he uses the most advanced technology, a holistic approach, and a caring and thoughtful bedside manner to listen and help people from all over get back to what makes them who they are.

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CT ENT Sinus Center Hearing & Balance 761 Main Avenue, Route 7 Suite 101 Norwalk, CT 203.716.6008 1290 Summer Street Suite 2300 Stamford, CT 203.295.0160 ct-ent.com

DIRECTOR AND FOUNDER OF CT ENT SINUS CENTER, HEARING & BALANCE, Dr. Robert Weiss has created one of the preeminent medical practices in Fairfield County, Connecticut. Dr. Weiss is a board-certified otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeon, Fellow of American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy (AAOA) and serves as an affiliate member of the American Institute of Balance (AIB) and the American Rhinologic Society (ARS). He is also a part of seven preeminent medical associations and societies and is associated with Norwalk Hospital. Known in the ENT field for his successful work with chronic sinusitis sufferers, Dr. Weiss has helped hundreds of patients find long lasting relief with a minimally invasive in-office procedure called Balloon Sinuplasty. This simple procedure re-opens blocked sinuses and reverses the cycle of sinusitis. The CT ENT Sinus Center team recently participated in several multicenter trials for a drug-eluding sinus implant and is currently engaged in another multicenter study looking at in-office sinus procedures. CT ENT Sinus Center features a full inhouse ENT Allergy department for testing and treatment, including sublingual (drops) immunotherapy. The practice recently welcomed Dr. Heather Waters to the team. Dr. Waters offers premium facial rejuvenation and plastics services ranging from fillers and injections to brow lifts, rhinoplasty, skin cancer reconstruction of the face and more. Led by Dr. Michelle Leonard, CT ENT is now proud to offer a blend of traditional medicine and holistic options to guide patients through their journey to achieve overall wellness. Our brand new Stamford office is home to the CT ENT Holistic Wellness Center. Treatments include guided meditation, reiki, doTerra essential oils and the biomat, which promotes healing, reduces inflammation and

supports the immune system. Dr. Weiss graduated summa cum laude from Adelphi University and attended Penn State College of Medicine. He

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completed his residency training at Long Island Jewish Medical Center before serving in the United States Air Force as a major in the medical corps.


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Allergy & Asthma Care of Fairfield County, LLC 55 Walls Drive, Suite 405 Fairfield, CT 500 Monroe Turnpike, Suite 205 Monroe, CT 203.259.7070 allergyandasthmacare.com

DOCTORS KENNETH BACKMAN AND KATHERINE BLOOM ARE BOARD CERTIFIED in adult and pediatric allergy-immunology and trained at top academic hospitals. In the comfortable, state-of-the-art offices of Allergy & Asthma Care of Fairfield County, they offer compassionate, personalized care, and an advanced, academic-quality approach to the full range of allergic disorders, including asthma, nasal allergies and food allergies. Both doctors are on staff

at Bridgeport Hospital and St. Vincent’s Medical Center. Kenneth Backman is the founder of the practice. He graduated cum laude with distinction from Yale University, and earned his medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College before completing his internship and residency at the University of Chicago hospitals. He completed a fellowship in allergy-immunology at Northwestern Memorial and Children’s Memorial hospitals

in Chicago and is chief of the section of allergy at Bridgeport Hospital. Katherine Bloom joined the practice in 2009. She received her undergraduate degree with distinction from Boston University, where she graduated summa cum laude and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her medical degree at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, where she was elected into Alpha Omega Alpha, and completed her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital at Columbia University Medical Center. She completed her allergy-immunology fellowship at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

Gastroenterology Associates of Fairfield County, PC (GAFC) 425 Post Road, Fairfield, CT 203.292.9000 2660 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT 203.333.3328 | 203.374.4966 115 Technology Drive, Suite B201 Trumbull, CT 203.452.1411 gidox.com Left to right standing: Dr. Emil Blanco, Dr. Gena Cobrin, Dr. Julie Spivack, Dr. Eddy Castillo and Dr. Kenneth Mauer. Seated: Dr. Strick Woods. Not pictured: Dr. Tarun Gupta, Dr. Daniel Stupak, Dr. Nicholas Lillo and Dr. Alan Nelson.

THE DOCTORS AND STAFF AT GASTROENTEROLOGY ASSOCIATES OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY ARE “THE DIGESTIVE HEALTH EXPERTS.” THEY PROVIDE excellent, cutting-edge medical care at offices in Fairfield, Bridgeport and Trumbull. “Our goal is to treat people with a multitude of GI problems with great sensitivity and

care,” says Dr. Spivack. “We develop close, personal relationships with our patients, and we take a genuine interest in their health.” GAFC now offers state-of-the-art FUSE technology in its endoscopy center. GAFC also offers video capsule endoscopy of the small intestine, comprehensive Hepatitis C treatment and genetic testing

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for hereditary colon cancer. At the Endoscopy Center of Fairfield, patients can have a colonoscopy or endoscopy in a spa-like setting. The doctors specialize in many GI disorders, including acid reflux, gallbladder disease, GI cancers, liver disease, hepatitis, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. The group is affiliated with St. Vincent’s Medical Center.


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JULIA SABETTA, MD

Skin, Laser & Cosmetic Surgeon 4 Dearfield Drive Greenwich, CT 225 Main Street, Westport, CT 203.869.6111 | JuliaSabettaMD.com

DR. JULIA SABETTA, MD, IS A YALE-TRAINED BOARD-CERTIFIED COSMETIC, LASER and Skin Cancer Surgeon who is a proven expert in minimally invasive beautifying procedures. When it comes to selecting who performs your cosmetic treatment, what matters most is education, skill and experience. Dr. Sabetta personifies all of these traits and more. She is recognized for her talent, judgment and artistry, and it shows on her patients! Dr. Sabetta performs all treatments herself using state-of-the-art techniques in order to provide you with the safest, most effective results. Her signature one-session IPL treatment is amazing at diminishing brown spots, veins and rosacea. Aqua Gold is quickly becoming a patient favorite. She has created a

DR. ANDREW J. LEVI

Park Avenue Fertility and Reproductive Medicine 1305 Post Road, Fairfield, CT 203.254.6000 91 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 203.853.6700 5520 Park Avenue, Trumbull, CT 203.372.6700 parkavenuefertility.com

DR. ANDREW LEVI, FOUNDER AND MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF PARK AVENUE FERTILITY AND REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE (PAFRM), has been helping patients who struggle with infertility for over two decades. He recognizes how important it is for couples to develop a close connection with their

doctor during one of the most emotional times in their lives. Unlike those who visit larger fertility clinics, patients at PAFRM are treated with individualized care, not “treated like a number.” He makes the journey as stress-free as possible in a comfortable and soothing environment with convenient office hours and no long waits. The practice accepts all major insurance carriers, and PAFRM is proud to be a Center of Excellence for United Healthcare, Oxford, Aetna, Cigna and Anthem BC/BS. In addition, PAFRM is honored to be one of the selected few chosen to participate in the Progyny network of providers as a preferred center.

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2020 MEDICAL PROFILES protocol for addressing tough-to-treat crepey skin around the eyes and wrinkles around the mouth and has a new combo treatment for improving crepey skin on the neck. Skin Tightening & Lifting is at the top of every woman’s wish list. Dr. Sabetta has extensive experience in this realm. Whether she is using Ultherapy to lift and tighten deep tissues or using Nova Threads as a mini-face lift, Dr Sabetta’s aim is the same, to help you look younger longer. An often forgotten piece of the beauty puzzle is the need to improve overall skin quality. Micro-needling and Aqua Gold are collagen-boosting and skin-smoothing treatments that in Dr. Sabetta’s hands excel at reducing fine wrinkles, scars and pore size. It is no secret that a woman’s superpower lies in her hair. Dr. Sabetta is delighted to have helped so many women grow fuller, denser, more vibrant hair using their own natural PRP. Dr. Sabetta is a certified Master Injector of the new longer lasting fillers. She skillfully uses Botox and Fillers to restore youthful balance to your face and eliminate wrinkles. Dr. Sabetta incorporates only the most effective of the new technologies and techniques into her practice. She steers clear of treatments that are light on results. Dr. Sabetta remains results- and quality-focused.

Broadly trained in all aspects of reproductive medicine, Dr. Levi provides his patients with a wide variety of treatment options. Treatments range from the simplest to the most advanced, based on a patient’s age, diagnosis and duration of infertility. These may include intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF), both performed on-site in PAFRM’s state-of-theart IVF laboratory. In addition, PAFRM offers advanced reproductive services, including egg freezing and fertility preservation, preimplantation genetic testing, egg donation and gestational surrogacy. Dr. Levi specializes in caring for patients with PCOS, endometriosis and recurrent miscarriage. PAFRM also offers a range of treatment options to the LGBTQ+ community, as well as to single women who wish to conceive. Board-certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, as well as in obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Levi graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and performed his OB/ GYN residency at Georgetown University. He then completed a three-year fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the National Institutes of Health. Please visit their website at parkavefertility.com or call 203-372-6700 for an appointment.


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DR. JULIA VOYTOVICH New Canaan Medical Group

173 East Avenue New Canaan, CT 203.972.4204 newcanaanmedical.com

JAMES A. SLATER, MD New Canaan Medical Group

173 East Avenue New Canaan, CT 203.972.4215 newcanaanmedical.com

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DR. JULIA VOYTOVICH GRADUATED FROM THE Moscow Medical Institute. She then went on to complete her residency at Norwalk Hospital, an affiliate of Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, in 1996. She has been practicing internal medicine in New Canaan since the completion of her residency program. Dr. Voytovich has been a certified member of the American Board of Internal Medicine since 1996. She is also a member of the Fairfield County Medical Society and the Connecticut State Medical Society. “The concierge medicine model gives me time to deliver personalized and comprehensive care to my patients and be always available to their needs; it requires around the clock dedication and the great passion for medicine.”

SHIELA SUBRAMANIAN, MD, MPH Internal Medicine of New Canaan

173 East Avenue New Canaan, CT 203.972.4205 newcanaanmedical.com

DR. JAMES SLATER ALWAYS BELIEVES IN PUTTING HIS PATIENTS FIRST. HE WAS among the first in the state to recognize that health insurance was depriving patients of sorely needed services and time. Thus, in 2005, he was one of the first physicians in Fairfield County to offer an innovative concierge medical practice, combining accessibility and patient advocacy with premier quality medical care. Dr. Slater graduated from Tufts and then New York Medical College, where he received the coveted senior student school award for his accomplishments in community and preventive medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He has been consecutively voted as one of Castle Connolly’s “Top Doctors” in Fairfield County, Connecticut.

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David A. Bomback, MD

DAVID L. KRAMER, DAVID A. BOMBACK & RAJ J. GALA

Connecticut Neck & Back Specialists, LLC 39 Hospital Avenue Danbury, CT 203.744.9700 ctneckandback.com CONNECTICUT NECK & BACK SPECIALISTS, LLC is a practice dedicated to the comprehensive surgical management of disorders of the cervical, thoracic

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SHIELA SUBRAMANIAN, MD, MPH, IS A BOARD CERTIFIED internist and has been practicing primary care internal medicine in New Canaan since 2004. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and New York Medical College. She completed her internship, residency and chief residency at the Yale University School of Medicine. She manages a broad spectrum of medical issues, including heart disease evaluation, comprehensive women’s health issues, gerontology and cancer screening. In 2014, Dr. Subramanian transitioned to a concierge medicine practice. “Practicing good medicine requires more time listening to what your patient has to say.” Her philosophy has allowed her to spend time and provide quality care without compromise. Dr. Subramanian is affiliated with both Stamford and Norwalk Hospitals.

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and lumbar spine. Our staff, award-winning specialists in the fields of spinal surgery and recognized as ten-time Castle Connolly Top Docs, offer the highest quality, evidence-based medical and surgical management that is responsive to the individual needs of the patient and their referring physicians. Our emphasis on patient education in conjunction with access to an experienced, well-informed professional staff results in our ability to provide

our patients with the highest level of customer service.


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2020 MEDICAL PROFILES MARK P. LEONDIRES, MD, SPENCER RICHLIN, MD, JOSHUA HURWITZ, MD, CYNTHIA MURDOCK, MD, SHAUN WILLIAMS, MD AND ILANA RESSLER, MD Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut

Danbury, Norwalk, Stamford & Trumbull, CT 203.956.2265 rmact.com

REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE ASSOCIATES OF CONNECTICUT HAS ONE GOAL: to help you succeed in building the family of your dreams. It’s our mission to care for the entire patient, both mind and body, to help them have a baby. Our methods have proven themselves to work by beating national averages and helping thousands of patients become parents. RMA OF CONNECTICUT BY THE NUMBERS: • 7,500 babies in fifteen years. (More than one a day!) • 6 board-certified reproductive

endocrinologists, consistently awarded Top Doctors of Fairfield County. • 5 convenient locations (4 in Connecticut and one in New York) WE OFFER PATIENT-CENTERED CARE. We’re the only practice in Connecticut that gives every patient direct access to their own unique care team, which includes your doctor, a primary nurse, physician assistant, patient navigator, financial coordinator, patient advocate and the Integrated and Fertility Wellness group (counseling, yoga, acupuncture and nutrition).

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WHAT’S INSIDE heart health / allergies / beauty / pain / your period / weight

Straight We all know what happens when we Google that random pain. So, put the phone down, keep calm and read on. Here, some of your most common health questions answered

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covered with answers ranging from how you can manage more serious heart conditions to hair removal strategies. We corralled a group of notable local physicians of all stripes to answer some of your most pressing (and intimate) health questions.

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Heart Smart

My husband has a family history of cardiac conditions. Is there any way to take a preventative stance to make sure a heart attack is not in his future? A: As Benjamin Franklin wisely stated, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” So yes, much can be done in order to prevent heart attacks, says Larry Leibowitz, M.D., founder and medical director at Matrix Personalized Medicine LLC in New Canaan. A healthy diet is paramount. Medical evidence increasingly points to a wholefood, plant-based diet as the best means of preventing many

A: There are affordable ways to

go the extra mile to ensure that a heart attack is not in your future. Ask your doctor to perform a lipid particle blood analysis, which will enable him or her to assess for hidden risk factors not typically revealed in more routine blood panels, Leibowitz says. Additionally, for those who may be at increased risk, I like to order a test called a CT Calcium Score. This involves a type of CT scan that delivers only a low dose of radiation and enables us to inspect the heart vessels themselves for any signs of early coronary artery disease. The test is readily available, typically costs less than $200 and is endorsed by both the American College

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of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. In terms of screening for other diseases, aside from the routine evaluations typically performed during the course of an annual physical, affordable genetic testing is available for those with personal or family medical histories that suggest predispositions to a number of diseases, including cardiovascular disease and cancers.

“Medical evidence increasingly points to a whole food, plant-based diet as the best means of preventing many chronic diseases, including heart disease.” —Larry Leibowitz, M.D., Matrix Personalized Medicine LLC

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Q: I’ve heard about testing services that assess a person’s fitness and screen for diseases, but I worry that I can’t afford something like this. I’d love to know more.

chronic diseases, including heart disease. A diet that is low in saturated fats, cholesterol, excess simple sugars and processed foods is critical. I highly recommend more green things, fewer chicken wings. Additionally, regular exercise is essential, in that it helps us to maintain a healthy weight, lower blood sugar levels and ideal blood pressure. And an often-overlooked but very important factor is a healthy sleep pattern. Erratic sleep schedules, frequent interruptions and sleep apnea can all contribute to increased cardiovascular risk. If your husband awakens you with his snoring, before giving him the elbow, take a minute or two to pay attention to his pattern of breathing if it’s not smooth and regular; he may need a sleep evaluation. Stress reduction is also important. Hard-working people who live a high-stress lifestyle are at increased risk for heart disease and need to find time for themselves, to relax, to pursue other interests and to spend time with friends and family. Lastly, make sure your husband remains current with regular doctor visits in order to monitor his weight, blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.


Doctors point to a whole food, plant-based diet when working towards a healthy lifestyle.

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Hives can occur at any time in life, as a reaction to a number of triggers, explains Michael L. Lewin, M.D., PC, a Norwalk-based allergist. If you are suspicious about the timing coinciding with food consumption, you might want to have some allergy testing done to identify possible food allergies. You might also want to note what foods you were eating prior to the onset of hives or keep a food diary to track what might be causing these outbreaks.

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Q: I can’t wear anything that shows my legs because of my unsightly veins. Is there a way to get rid of them?

My son has seasonal asthma that comes on in the fall and spring. Should he be on medication throughout the year?

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Varicose veins and spider veins can be eliminated permanently only if all the leaks (high pressure sources) responsible for the veins and spiders are eliminated too, says Dr Heshmat Majlessi, M.D., FACS, FICS member of European Venous Forum and American Phlebology Society at Rye Vein-Laser Center in Rye, NY. Addressing only the visible varicose veins and spider veins is inadequate. This can be done quite safely with no downtime and under local anesthesia. The end result will be a perfect leg, if all the steps are done correctly.

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If your son is completely symptom-free at other times of the year, asthma medications may not be necessary. However, since his seasonal asthma is very likely related to seasonal pollen allergies, you might want to treat the underlying allergies that are causing the asthma.

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A Hairy Situation Q: I’m growing hair in weird places, why? And what can I do about it? A: Unwanted hair growth can be caused by hormonal or endocrine imbalances, so it’s advisable to see your dermatologist for a proper diagnosis and possible blood test, advises Sarah Dolder, M.D. from Greenwich Point Dermatology in Greenwich. Typically, laser hair removal is the best way to get rid of excess hair permanently.

Q: I’m only 43, but my hair seems to be thinning at a fast rate. What is happening? A:

As we age, hormonal changes can cause hair loss and hair thinning, a phenomenon we call female pattern baldness. Stress, medications, diet and lifestyle can also be factors at play, Dolder says. Fortunately, there are a number of treatment options to restore

that if I get these treated, it makes my skin more susceptible to further skin damage. Help!

hair growth, from a prescription pill, to a prescription topical scalp solution, to my personal favorite—platelet rich plasma (PRP) with microneedling.

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Laser treatments, chemical peels and photodynamic therapy are fantastic ways to eliminate sun damage and unwanted spots. As long as you prevent further UV damage with diligent sunscreen use and mindful clothing choices (hello, sun hat!), your skin will stay clear, bright, and safe from additional skin damage.

My skin is fairly unwrinkled for my age, 55, but I am noticing more brown spots from sun exposure. I play a lot of golf and tennis so it’s hard to stay completely out of the sun. I was told

“Hormonal changes can cause hair loss and hair thinning, a phenomenon we call female pattern baldness. Stress, medications, diet and lifestyle can also be factors at play.” - Sarah Dolder, M.D., Greenwich Point Dermatology

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I have a pain in the lower part of my skull that is different from a headache. Someone mentioned that it could be nerve pain. I don’t know what type of doctor to see. Can you help? A: It can be difficult to

distinguish “head” pain from “neck” pain and there is often significant overlap, says Raj Gala, M.D., spine surgeon at Connecticut Neck and Back Specialists in Danbury. Some of the small joints of the upper neck can become inflamed and cause

pain at the base of the skull. In addition, this can irritate spinal nerves, resulting in radiating symptoms.

Q: My joints seem to be making a lot of noise these days, but I’m fairly fit and active at 51. Should I be concerned? Could I be doing damage?

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No matter what position I get in or how many pillows I use, I can’t seem to get comfortable in bed at night. I am in pain. Any ideas on what I could do to get a good night’s rest?

A: Many people are worried

about the “snap, crackle, pop” they hear when they turn their neck or back. It’s okay. There are many joints in the spine that move with every action we perform. Sometimes these joints make noises. This occurs when gas bubbles burst within the joint fluid, or when a ligament or tendon stretches as the joint moves. This is completely normal, which is why the majority of “joint noise” is not associated with pain. Don’t worry and stay active!

A: Everyone needs a good

night’s sleep! The first step is figuring out the root cause of the spine pain. Likely the pain is muscular in nature, which is the case 99 percent of the time. Consider cooling down at the end of the day with ice packs on

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the affected areas. Many people also find relief from taking an anti-inflammatory medication at bedtime. There are also herbs, such as turmeric, that can be added to food or taken in pill form that have been shown to decrease inflammation. If the pain continues, get evaluated by a doctor, Gala recommends.

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Woman Trouble Q. I sweat so much at night, what can I do? A: The medical term for

excessive sweating is called hyperhydrosis. Usually it isn’t caused by a serious condition, but since it can be, one needs to be evaluated by a medical professional. It is, however, a very common complaint and can really affect quality of life, says Leslie Goldstone, M.D. at Women’s Healthcare of Trumbull. Some ways to reduce sweating: make sure you are at a healthy weight, reduce sugar and white carbohydrates (white bread, white rice, pasta, white potatoes) and reduce caffeine and alcohol intake. Also: Dress in layers, sleep in a cool room with a light blanket, and keep a small hand-held or desktop fan nearby. Medical evaluation includes thyroid and blood sugar testing, and testing to rule out viral and bacterial infection (Lyme, HIV, tuberculosis among others), malignancy and disorders of the nervous system. Certain medications can also cause excessive sweating. Hormone overproduction and hormonal deficiencies (estrogen deficiency in peri- and post-menopausal women and testosterone

deficiency in men) are also a common cause. In menopause, estrogen levels decline, and the sweating manifests as a “hot flash,” which is a brief burst of heat that lasts a few minutes but can occur many times during the day or night and can disrupt daily activities and sleep. For people with excessive underarm sweating, a dermatologist can prescribe a special antiperspirant.

when they do come, as the uterine lining can become thicker and less stable. Also, as we get older, we are at increased risk for developing uterine conditions that can cause heavier or longer periods. Up to 50 percent of women over age 40 will develop fibroid growths on the uterus that can cause very heavy or prolonged periods. Adenomyosis is a benign and common condition that can cause heavy or prolonged periods; it occurs when endometrial glands from the uterine lining grow into the actual muscle of the uterus. Endometrial polyps, which grow inside of the uterus, can cause heavy periods and sometimes bleeding in between periods. Cancer of the uterus is an important cause of new onset heavy or abnormal bleeding that needs to be screened for. Fortunately, it is less common than benign causes. Certain medications, like blood thinners, copper IUDs and hormonal contraceptives can also make periods heavy. It is important to see a gynecologist to make sure there is no precancerous or cancerous change in the uterus and to determine the cause of the heavy menstrual bleeding and devise an acceptable treatment plan. Women can also become quite anemic with heavy menstrual bleeding, and this needs screening as well.

Q: Why is my period so much heavier than it used to be?

A: The amount and duration

of blood flow changes as many women get older due to many factors. In our 40s, women do not ovulate as regularly, which can result in menstrual periods that are farther apart and heavier

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“Up to 50 percent of women over 40 will develop fibroid growths on the uterus that can cause very heavy or prolonged periods.” - Leslie Goldstone, M.D., Women’s Healthcare of Trumbull


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Weighty Matters Q: How can I control borderline high cholesterol? A: There are different types

of cholesterol. There are “bad” cholesterols (the total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol) and “good” or protective cholesterols (the HDL cholesterol). If the total and LDL cholesterol are elevated but the HDL cholesterol is also elevated, maybe nothing needs to be done, explains James A Slater M.D., an internist in New Canaan. Also, cholesterol can be elevated because of genetic mechanisms or acquired mechanisms. If the former exists, and several first-degree family members have high cholesterol, (an unfortunate individual may just eat bark off of a tree and still have high cholesterol). The problem is the liver. It is just genetically programmed to make a lot of cholesterol. So, regrettably, medications are needed for this situation. If the cholesterol is elevated because of acquired, lifestyle and dietary choices, then the words of journalist and Harvard professor Michael Pollan, are germane.

“What grows on one leg (plantbased foods) are better than what grows on two legs (fowl), and that is better than what grows on four legs (animal meats). Dietary counseling may help.

considered simply a matter of calories in, calories out. Nowadays, specialists in this field know that there are many interacting hormones from different places in the human body that affect metabolism and the activity of fat stores. Generally, a diet higher in protein than carbohydrates is moderately successful. But, weight loss is difficult, and takes time, persistence and planning. Not easy. In terms of exercise that would help, the American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes per week, at least 30 minutes per day, of moderate exercise, or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise.

Q: I’m so confused about weight loss. Every day, there’s a new fad diet. How do I decide what’s healthy?

Q: Why am I so tired all the time? A:

This has to be the most common and, unfortunately, one of the most open-ended difficult questions, Slater says. In evaluating this problem, it basically comes down to deciding if the fatigue is organic, that is, medical, has an underlying cause, can be defined either on physical exam or by blood/imaging test

A: Any discussion these days

regarding weight loss has become incredibly complicated, Slater says. Once upon a time, it was

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or is psychosocial. Factors to be considered with fatigue due to psychosocial fatigue include stress, poor sleep hygiene, unrewarding social interactions, sense of frustration or not being in control of one’s life or job.

“A diet higher in protein than carbohydrates is moderately successful. But weight loss is difficult and takes time, persistence and planning.” - James Slater, M.D.


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Ann Jamison Senior Living Options

Roni Lang Greenwich Hospital Center for Healthy Aging

Nancy Becker Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging

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bout a decade ago, Ann Jamison began to suspect her father, Dirk, was struggling at home. A medical condition that impaired his vision had made driving impossible. As the widower advanced into his late seventies and his world got smaller, his daughter found him increasingly anxious and depressed. “He was always a social guy who enjoyed his friends, his church and the groups he was part of,” Jamison explains. “I worried about how much time he was spending alone and what was happening when no one was there to help.” One day, Jamison drove from her Fairfield home to her father’s place in Ridgefield unannounced. “When I popped in on him, a lot of the things I was worrying about were confirmed,” she recalls. “He wasn’t shaven. The house was unkempt. The fridge was a mess and westportmag.com

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there wasn’t much food. Things were clearly just not going well.” So began a long, and at times, challenging conversation between Jamison and her father that led to him eventually taking an apartment in an assisted living facility close to his Ridgefield friends and connections. There, Jamison says her dad lived “nine-and-a-half incredibly happy years.” Getting to the place where her father would even discuss assisted living wasn’t easy. “There was a lot of resistance, and when he finally did decide to consider a senior community, the process of choosing felt completely overwhelming,” Jamison says. Her dilemma then has become an increasingly common one today for both seniors and their adult children or caregivers. Now the owner of Senior Living Options, a Stamford-

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based consulting firm that guides other seniors and their families through the process of navigating their living options, Jamison provides free services—inspired by her own experiences seeking the right living situation for her dad— that are increasingly in demand. She notes that research suggests some 70 percent of today’s Baby Boomers, age sixty-five and older, will need some sort of help living independently during their lifetime. “When you see that number, you realize it’s kind of staggering,” she says. “Which is why conversations about how we want to live as we get older is something we should all be talking about.” Yet too often, geriatrics experts say, the conversations don’t happen soon enough. Roni Lang, a clinical social worker at Greenwich Hospital’s Center for Healthy Aging, says she counsels seniors and their families in the aftermath of emergencies, such as falls, the onset of a chronic illness or the sudden death of spouses and partners. These situations often force people into hasty decisions about their care. Case in point was a female client with dementia whose husband, her devoted caregiver, died unexpectedly. “Too often, that question of, ‘What do we do about Mom or Dad?’ is being asked when there is a crisis,” says Lang. “While I see a great desire on the part of many seniors to age in place at home, that can have its own complications if you don’t have the ability to put good systems in place.”

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or the adult children worried that older parents or relatives are struggling to live independently, discussing their needs can be intensely complicated. “Even in families with the best of intentions, these things can get tense, especially when you are talking about someone leaving a home where they have been for decades,” notes Roni Lang of Greenwich Hospital’s Center for Healthy Aging. “The conversations can open up old wounds and dredge up emotional baggage that’s existed in families for years.” Here are some tips for broaching this sensitive subject.

Talk Before It’s Necessary

Make It About You, Too

Strive for Consensus

“As difficult as it is to ask your parents how they imagine they would like to live if they needed help and care,” says Senior Living Option’s Ann Jamison, “having the conversations now, allows you to plan and consider your options before you’re forced into something.”

“Parents don’t want their kids to worry about them,” notes Jamison. She suggests saying things like, “I feel guilty that you seem to be having a hard time.” Otherwise, consider, “I am so busy, and I worry constantly that we are not doing enough to take care of you.”

Siblings may approach their aging parents’ challenges with varying degrees of acceptance and denial, so try to have a family meeting (even scheduling folks in remotely) to get everyone on the same page. “Your sister out-of-state may think Mom is fine, but you may see her every day and be more acutely aware of her deterioration and need for support,” says Becker.

Choose Your Words Carefully “Never attack anyone or put them on the defensive,” says Hartford HealthCare’s Nancy Becker, who suggests delineating concerns in the most nonjudgmental way possible. “State things you have witnessed in a very factual way without making it personal, critical or angry.”

Do More Listening Than Talking Promote as much participation as possible from the seniors at the focus of the discussion. “Respect them for the mature adults that they are,” says Becker. “Try to really listen to what they want and from that you may be able to establish goals and next steps.”

THE ASSISTED LIVING BOOM For those who can afford it, assisted living communities, where residents live in their own apartments but receive additional care and support, have become an increasingly popular option. The appeal is that these facilities tend to offer round-the-clock care in socially dynamic environments where residents can still enjoy the privacy of their own apartments. Some luxe local communities boast everything from swimming pools and day spas to French lessons and yoga classes. By the year 2040, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates stock of this type of senior housing in the United States will have doubled. That trend is evident in Fairfield County, where it seems an assisted living facility is now populating prominent corners from Greenwich to Fairfield and there are several more in various stages of development.

Expect Pushback “Unless it’s a crisis, you may have to do a lot of back and forth with someone before things get settled,” says Jamison. “Don’t be surprised to take a step forward one week and go backwards the next, but the point is to have the conversations.”

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“Done right, assisted living can actually begin to turn back the clock,” says Ted Doyle, vice president of marketing and communications for LCB Senior Living, a regional manager and developer of luxury assisted living facilities. Its local properties include The Residence at Summer Street in Stamford, The Residence at Selleck’s Woods in Darien and, soon, The Residence at Westport (set to open in summer 2020). “If you are in a good facility with the right supports and social opportunities,” he says, “you almost get to be yourself again because some of the isolation you’ve been experiencing ends.” Doyle says that some of the most progressive senior living communities, including LCB’s, recognize that many seniors experiencing agerelated challenges still want—and deserve—to be deeply connected to the world around them. “While bingo and a glass of wine can be fun, our focus tends to be more on stimulating engagement; things like foreign language lessons, lectures, yoga or Tai Chi classes,” he explains. IS IT THE RIGHT FIT FOR YOU? “I start to talk about assisted living as an option whenever I see someone really struggling with the tasks of daily living,” says Nancy Becker, supervisor at Hartford HealthCare’s Center for Healthy Aging, which provides free referral and assessment services to seniors and their families throughout the state. (The service is expanding in Fairfield County due to Hartford HealthCare’s recent affiliation with Bridgeport-based St. Vincent’s Medical Center.) “The things that start to worry you are when people can no longer tend to basic things like meal preparation, personal hygiene, managing their medications or just running errands,” she says. “If someone has lost their ability to drive, you are also dealing with greater isolation, which can also lead to a lot of depression. One challenge builds on the next, so that the person really starts to decline.” The onset of dementia and diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, is another reason many families consider assisted living communities, as they provide a level security and attention many families want for their loved ones, Ann Jamison adds. “A great deal of what many decisions come down to is proximity and a sense that you believe the person moving in will be well cared for,” says LCB’s Ted Doyle. “For many families, the idea that you can stop by to visit Mom on

In many cases,

assisted living

is actually less expensive than staying at home, especially if there’s substantial care involved. —ted doyle, vice president of marketing and communications for lcb senior living

the way home from work becomes a major consideration.” One downside to assisted living can be its significant costs. Unlike skilled nursing facilities, the price of moving in is not covered by federal programs such as Medicare or Medicaid. Fairfield County rents for these units can range from around $5,000 to $7,000 a month, often more for memory-care units. “On paper, the costs can elicit some sticker shock,” says Doyle, “but one thing we encourage people to do is really crunch those numbers. Many people in Fairfield County have homes that hold a great deal of value that can actually cover the costs. When you compare costs for things such as property taxes, utilities, food, transportation, entertainment and housekeeping, “in many cases, assisted living is actually less expensive than staying at home, especially if there’s substantial care involved.” Yet Becker notes for many seniors, the costs of assisted living can be prohibitive, particularly if they lack quality long-term care insurance or significant savings and other assets. She points out the same can be true of home-based care if someone requires round-the-clock live-in help. Becker works closely with families to evaluate all their financial options before ruling anything out. “If a house needs to be sold to afford it—and often that’s the case—a bridge loan can sometimes help. Sometimes, children will step in to help cover the rent until the house is sold or other assets are liquidated.” She also notes that there are some limited benefits avail-

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able for veterans and, on rarer occasions, help available through community-based housing programs. WHEN IT’S TIME TO MAKE A CHOICE Tour an assisted living facility and, inevitably, you’ll be warmly greeted by the marketing team and gifted upon your departure with a freshly baked pound cake or some other decadent treat to serve as an enticing reminder that you or your loved one will feel right at home. To get beyond the allure of the goodies, Doyle urges “trusting your gut” when making these important decisions. “Pay attention to everything,” he stresses. “If you are on a tour with the executive director, are they greeting the residents by name? Are the maintenance people doing the same? If you see something that touches you when you walk through, going with that feeling can be really important.” Two years ago, Jane, an eighty-three-yearold widow from Westport, put her Colonial on the market and moved into an assisted living facility in a nearby town. Her decision came months after she suffered a serious fall and learned she was in the early stages of a progressive neurological disorder. After weeks in a rehab facility, she reluctantly accepted the fact that she could not safely return to her sprawling two-story home without major renovations and daily help. “The idea of leaving my home was a tough pill to swallow, but the reality is that my health


will continue to decline, and I will eventually need a lot more help than I do right now,” explains Jane, who asked that her full name not be used because she has not shared details of her medical condition beyond immediate family. While Jane’s two adult daughters asked her to move in with them (and she briefly took turns doing so with both), she opted for a onebedroom assisted living apartment in an effort to maintain some cherished independence. “I adore my daughters and their families, but I’ve lived alone for fifteen years and I’m just used to it.” The residential community she chose now has her living two miles from one daughter and fifteen from the other. Jane speaks warmly of a staff caregiver who helps her daily with light chores and dressing. She also enjoys a Tai Chi class on the premises. While she says it took time to get used to taking meals in a communal dining room, “I have lots of help with things I need help with, but still come and go as I please.” To that end, she was about to take a ride service to her grandson’s soccer game and then planned to spend the evening with his family. Ann Jamison, whose dad, Dirk, died unexpectedly a few years ago, says after initially resisting the mere suggestion of assisted living, he became a happier more engaged guy within weeks of moving in. “The residents and staff became like an extended family. The day before he died, Dad was dancing and went out to dinner with friends,” she says. “As his daughter, I could not have imagined a more meaningful way for him to live his last decade.”

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hile every expert we spoke with advised “gut feelings” matter when evaluating the merits of a senior living situation, each offered these insider tips for tours.

Look at the Location “You want a place that’s convenient for the people who care about you to visit, so they can still take Mom to the grocery store or out to dinner,” notes Doyle. More remote facilities tend to offer lovely settings, but “if you want convenience, you may be better off on a main road close to town.”

Seek Sincerity “Look for genuine and warm interaction between everyone on the staff and the residents,” advises Doyle. “Constantly ask yourself, ‘Will I feel good having the person I care about living here?’ ”

Try the Food Are meals made-to-order? Is there a chef on the premises? Is there a set schedule or a come-as-youplease approach to dining? “A lot of places take a restaurant-style approach, where there’s a set menu and set meal times,” says Doyle. “But if Dad wants a steak or likes a late breakfast, it might be nice to live somewhere where he can get that when he wants it.”

Check the Social Scene If you consider yourself or your loved one social, look for places where the community rooms and social calendars are lively, suggests Becker.

Take a Census Low occupancy rates may be cause for concern, warns Becker.

Read the Fine Print Ask lots of questions about what’s included in the monthly fee, advises Jamison. Is help with dressing, bathing and meals and other daily living services included? “Every company has

a very different approach to how they bundle and price additional care services. Depending on your circumstances, some approaches work better than others.”

Set Priorities Decide what matters most, says Jamison. “Proximity to family? Independence? Help with daily activities? Social opportunities?” Ranking these things “can often give you a clear sense of best fit.”

Do Due Diligence Ask how long the management team has been in place and the ratio of CNAs (certified nursing assistants) to patients. Also: “Do research on the financial health of the company,” says Becker.

Try a See-and-Sniff Test “If the place smells clean, it probably is,” says Becker. See if the grounds, sidewalks and common areas are well-maintained.

Count Square Feet In some places a studio unit or something described as a one-bedroom is really tiny,” says Becker. “Make sure there’s enough room to live comfortably.”

Resources The Center for Healthy Aging at Greenwich Hospital: Recognized as a National Center of Excellence from the American Geriatrics Society, the center provides comprehensive services with elderly patients, including support groups. Fees are charged for most services, but many are covered by insurance. 203-863-4363

Ask Who’s On “It’s important to know that there are people working all the time who can help should your loved one need it,” says Jamison.

Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging: Provides free referral and assessment services to seniors and their families throughout Connecticut. 860-456-6785

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LCB Senior Living: Luxury assisted living facilities, with locations in Stamford, Darien and, soon, Westport. lcbseniorliving.com

Guided tours are great for first impressions, but follow-up visits can give you a better sense of the overall vibe. “Pop in at odd hours,” advises Lang. “Don’t ask questions of just the salespeople. Ask everyone—wait staff, maintenance folks, caregivers— you see.”

Senior Living Options: Founder Ann Jamison offers consulting services to seniors and their families guiding them on a variety of care options and even joins her clients for facility tours and related interviews. She receives referral fees from some of these care facilities if a client ultimately uses their services, but there is no charge for her services. 203-359-5777

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As its key volunteers and partners prepare for the 25TH ANNUAL GALA, we go backstage to discover some secrets to the success of NEAR & FAR AID ’s premier fundraising event


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Jenny. This includes the caterer, production company and supporting vendors for the flowers, check-in tent and all the other moving parts of the event. Every gala is distinguished in some way—such as Cirque du Soleil–style performers one year and a concert by Grammy-winning performer Sara Bareilles at the twentieth anniversary event—with the intent to stand out

on the social calendar. “We always like to have something that’s not been seen here before,” says Kim Meier, who is current copresident and one of this year’s gala cochairs. Concurrent with the event design, other teams of volunteers are laser-focused on revenue. Over the years, the silent and live auctions have developed a well-deserved reputation for curating luxury items that also help

create advance buzz for the event (see “Start the Bidding” sidebar). “The majority of the ten to twelve live auction lots include things that cannot be purchased anywhere but in our auction. These donations come to us through the generosity of friends, business connections and long-standing partnerships with donors who reserve their most special gifts for this event,” says Jenny. “Our goals of eliminating the causes and effects of poverty in Fairfield County resonate with these donors.” Talk to anyone who pitches in to make this party the “big bang” of local fundraisers, and you’ll sense the commitment to the organization’s hyperlocal and important mission. “One takeaway we want everyone to have is that this organization spends every dollar we raise to fund local programs that serve the underserved communities that are right here, in Fairfield County,” says Kim. “We have no paid staff and no office, and we hold our meetings in volunteers’ homes and at local libraries.” Both Jenny and Kim, and most of their Near & Far Aid colleagues, joined through the encouragement of a friend who had already made the connection and asked them to volunteer. In addition to stepping up to work on the gala, every board member participates annually in reviewing and personally conducting site visits and interviews with all organizations that apply to Near & Far Aid for a grant. “We seek to fund programs that will create lasting change, providing opportunities that break the cycle of poverty and support the tens of thousands living on the edge of poverty in a geography determined to have one of the largest education and opportunity gaps in the nation,” explains Jenny. Because board members are

above: Karen and Bob Mitchell of Mitchells in Westport equally support Near & Far Aid and its annual fundraising gala, which is held at the store. opposite: Near & Far Aid Board Members and Gala Cochairs Kelly Scinto, Jenny Nelson, Kim Meier and Sarah Hale

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Shoe of the Month At every live auction, Mitchells partners with designers to offer the lucky winner one pair of shoes each month for a year. Bella Italia There’s always bespoke lots that include fashion, food, touring and fivestar accommodations (and maybe even a meet and greet with designer Brunello Cucinelli).

Here are a few (over the) top auction items from previous gala celebrations. Be sure to be there on March 6 to see what will be offered next.

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Table Talk Table reservation for six at Rao’s. This auction item has sold more than once for $25,000—not including food and drink.   We Are the Champions Sit in the owner’s suite at NFL and Yankee games, including on-field, pregame passes.

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4 Master of Ceremony Dave Price 5 Erin Herman, Denise Colosimo, Tony Dovolani, Heather Dermont, Beth Hayes 6 Alisyn Camerota and Tim Lewis 7 Heather Glass, Karen Mitchell, Nancy Gault and Melissa Bradshaw Mack 8 Al Roker and Deborah Roberts


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Just for Swingers Private jet to PGA Championship for four people, including VIP hospitality passes.

Sip of the Good Life Wine tasting in Napa Valley with accommodations in a private vineyard villa and access to tastings that are not open to the public.

Jet-Setting Five-night family trip, with surfing, yoga and exploring in Costa Rica, with breakfast and dinners included.

C’est L’amour Paris Fashion Week with tickets to the Valentino runway show, then travel to St. Tropez for a little R&R.

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GET YOUR TIX

Don’t miss the big 25th Annual Near & Far Aid Gala, “Mind the Gap” Friday, March 6 nearandfaraid.org


GALA GOLD

Experience is a great teacher. Here is advice to other nonprofit fundraisers from current and former Near & Far Aid gala chairs.

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were nearly ready to head for the hospital as festivities began; fortunately, no childbirths took place at the gala.

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Stand-up events are great for socializing, but seating patrons for around an hour to hear about the fundraising, bid on auction lots and raise a paddle to pledge further support increases donor participation (a great video of accomplishments is a key ingredient). After the live auction

This year’s twentyfifth gala has four experienced chairs to produce a milestone event. Since almost all of the organization’s board members and key volunteers have experience with many aspects of the gala, it’s not always necessary to have a repeat chair, but dedication and detailed knowledge is helpful to the leaders of a fundraising team.

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personally involved and able to meet the people responsible for the programs to which they make grants, motivation to achieve fundraising goals is strengthened by the knowledge of what the money will provide for some of Fairfield County’s neediest residents. Beth Hayes—a Light a Fire Award recipient and decades-long member of N&FA, as well as a former gala board chair and advisory director —got her start with the gala at its inception in the 1990s. Having moved to the area with experience as a booster for philanthropic causes, Beth joined the group on the suggestion of a friend as a way to get involved locally and make more like-minded friends. When primary fundraising focus moved from the annual antiques show, the organization found a partner whose largesse and, above all, dedication to Near & Far Aid’s mission, have made the gala an annual rainmaker for a quarter century. The Mitchell family has earned its place at the nexus of Fairfield County philanthropy, and the Near & Far Aid Gala has become the ongoing passion of co-CEO Bob Mitchell and his wife, Karen, who does her part from the organization’s board. “He’s our silent cochair,” notes Kim and all of the Near & Far Aid members who were interviewed for this article. They acknowledge the mighty and continuing contribution of the Mitchell location, the store’s entire staff and the year-round effort that Bob Mitchell makes to participate in monthly committee meetings and to bring in volunteer and financial support from all corners of Fairfield County. With his assistant Lisa Coppotelli—who also supplies endless energy and knowledge of the gala to its smallest details, from its beginnings—Bob has been the gala’s linchpin. “We could never accomplish what we do without him,” says Beth. For his part, Bob humbly credits everyone else: Lisa, the gala chairs, the volunteers, his staff, customers and the rest of his family. “We all share a passion for this organization and its work,” says Bob, “and the relationships we build through Near & Far Aid sustain our enthusiasm, year after year. I believe that all of us want to do good, and with the dream team that is assembled each year, it is possible to do great things.”


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SUNDAY, JANUARY 19 Kick off Black History Month with a moving Martin Luther King, Jr., event at the Westport Country Playhouse. The Fourteenth Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration is a free event for the community to commemorate the life and legacy of one of America’s most influential leaders. Registration is encouraged and can be completed at westportplayhouse.org.

SUN. 26 COMEDY

One of television’s best and most iconic actors, John O’Hurley, will be bringing his iconic voice and comedic talents to the Ridgefield Playhouse. O’Hurley, known for scene-stealing role as J. Peterman on Seinfeld and host of Family Feud and The National Dog Show, will be sharing stories, songs and laughter with the audience. Tickets start at $50. To purchase tickets, go to ridgefieldplayhouse.org.

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The Westport Historical Society is holding a special exhibition called Becoming Westport. To run through June, this event focuses on the rich community history of the town, from its humble farming roots to the bustling, commuterdriven society of today. For event info, visit westporthistory.org.

WED. 1 CHARITY

Saugatuck Rowing and Fitness Club will be

holding its annual charity event, River of Roses Soirée. The club will be partnering with The Smith Family Breast Health Center at Norwalk Hospital to provide funds and support for the physical, mental and emotional health of its patients. Light bites and a special rose petal ceremony will take place. For all info, visit saugatuckrowing.org.

SUN. 12 COMEDY

Comedian Rob Schneider will perform at the Wall Street Theater in Norwalk for one night only. The actor, famous for his roles in

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FEBRUARY SAT. 8 CHOCOLATE

This moment calls for chocolate! Le Rouge Handmade Chocolates & Cakes by Aarti will be holding a special Valentines Making event for friends, lovers and families to enjoy. Enjoy a delicious cup of hot chocolate and learn from Aarti Khosla herself. To register, go to lerougebyaarti.com.

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SUN. 22 HISTORY

Let’s give a toast to the first President of the United States. The Westport History Museum is throwing George Washington a 288th birthday party in perfect George fashion: with his favorite drink, Madeira, and some light bites. A one-of-a-kind drawing will be conducted to win a signed copy of The General’s Cook—a novel by Ramin Ganeshram, the museum’s executive director. For tickets, go to westporthistory.org. W

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